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Coons: Trump has 'lost the right to be president'

Coons: Trump has 'lost the right to be president'
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Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsMcConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Romney calls for Senate to pass sanctions on Putin over Navalny poisoning MORE (D-Del.) called on President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE to resign or be removed from office on Sunday, telling CBS's Margaret Brennan that Trump had "lost the right to be president" after a violent riot overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

On "Face the Nation," Coons explained that if Trump does not resign he would support either impeachment by Congress or Vice President Pence invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

"I've called for President Trump to do the right thing, finally, and resign. Or for Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceA Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Inauguration Sanders takes over internet Harris move into vice president's residence delayed MORE to secure the next 10 days through the 25th Amendment," Coons said.

"But many of my Republican colleagues are now calling for healing and for us to come together," the senator continued, adding: "I'll tell you that there can only be reconciliation with repentance. And I think the single most important thing that Republicans in Congress that helped facilitate this widespread conspiracy...is to stop those lies, and to persuade their followers and their supporters that President-elect Biden is the duly-elected president of the United States."

When asked if he would vote to convict the president should a trial be held in the Senate, he responded, "Yes."

House lawmakers, led by Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 This week: Tensions running high in Trump's final days Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot MORE (D-Md.), are preparing an article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting Wednesday's deadly riot.

The president and his allies in Congress, particularly Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack MORE (R-Mo.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Poll: Majority of voters support bipartisan commission to probe potential irregularities in the 2020 election MORE (R-Texas), and others involved in the effort to challenge the results of the 2020 election during last week's joint session of Congress, have faced widespread bipartisan criticism in the days following Wednesday's riot.