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 CoonsDemocrats' filibuster gambit unravels Sen. Rob Portman announces positive COVID-19 test Ukraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia MORE (D-Del.) called on President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report 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 PencePences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies Pence says both Capitol riot and nixing filibuster are a 'power grab' McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe 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 RaskinCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Biden makes final Fed board picks House Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities 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 HawleyHawley says he would have opposed resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6 Hawley introduces bill banning lawmakers from making stock trades in office Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (R-Mo.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAll hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Equilibrium/Sustainability — Bald eagle comeback impacted by lead poison 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.