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Axne Joins Democrats Calling To Impeach Trump, Iowa Republicans Are Opposed

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With the U.S. Capitol in the background, workers install fencing around the Capitol grounds the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Iowa 3rd District Rep. Cindy Axne is supporting efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office before Inauguration Day, an effort that Iowa Republicans in the U.S. House say they oppose and that the timeline of Trump’s presidency makes unlikely.

Axne, a Democrat, said Thursday that Trump should be unseated using the 25th Amendment after pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol. Activating the amendment would require support from Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Cabinet.

On Friday, Axne said she would support impeachment if Pence does not move to remove Trump from power. Axne said Trump’s rhetoric poses a threat to democracy.

“I do not make this decision lightly, but President Trump has the blood of five Americans – including one Capitol Police officer – on his hands,” Axne said in a statement. “A President who incites an attack on the seat of our government is a threat that cannot be tolerated for even one more day.”

First District Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said she was disappointed in President Trump’s response to rioting in the U.S. Capitol, but added that he should be allowed to finish his time in office.

“In 12 days Joe Biden is going to be the President of the United States,” said Hinson, one of three freshman Republican House members from Iowa. “Right now my priority is making sure my team is ready to go and we’re in place ready to get to work for Iowa’s 1st District on day one of his administration.”

In a statement, 4th District Rep. Randy Feenstra said Friday he would also “strongly oppose” any effort to end Trump’s term before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated and that “both parties need to come together for the good of the American people.”

Second District Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was seated provisionally on Sunday, said in an interview on IPR’s River to River Thursday that Trump should be allowed to complete his term in office.

“Going through another impeachment process I don’t think heals a nation,” Miller-Meeks said. “I think with two weeks remaining and the president having said there will be a peaceful transition and the inauguration of President-elect Biden that it’s time to try to unify our nation, bring us together and help us to heal.”

This story was updated on January 8, 2021 at 4:15pm.


Grant Gerlock is a reporter covering Des Moines and central Iowa