Sen. Chris Coons: If GOP won’t vote to convict, ‘we need to pursue other ways’

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on why the Senate must vote to convict, and his hopes that 17 Republican senators will join Democrats in the final impeachment vote.
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Transcript for Sen. Chris Coons: If GOP won’t vote to convict, ‘we need to pursue other ways’
Joining us now is Delaware democratic senator Chris Kuhn senator thank you so much for coming back on the show. Great to reality Lindsay. Would like to first start off with your reaction to what you've seen and heard the past two days including the images played for the very first time. Lindsay this is been incredibly powerful many of us in this and it didn't realize just how close an angry violent mob came. The to harming vice president and step. Harming speaker Pelosi to attacking each of us individually and so. For us for our families for the other folks who were at risk here in the capital to press our staff. At the people who keep us safe here the capitol police. It's been. I really challenging couple of days to be reminded just how difficult just how violent and just how dangerous the day here was on January 6. And and you say that's what they've really been doing yesterday today re counting just how close for example senator Romney was to the mob just 58 steps. Now we of course couldn't see the faces of the senators in the room only the presentation can take us inside the room when we were there specific reactions that you noticed that your colleagues it's stuck out to you. Yes. A number of my Republican colleagues seemed shocked and overwhelmed by their evidence as it was being presented to us. Today we heard in particular Sam recounting of the impact on our staff. And I remember looking at the front of the senate chamber and seeing one of the members of the parliamentarian staff crying and the other comforting her. I was particularly moved in some of my colleagues were as well fire recounting that someone who's part of the custodial staff someone who's African Americans said. How bad degrading it felt to be. I'm put to work cleaning up the mess of these writing white supremacist. Cleaning up blood and feces and and slander is that were the wreckage of this riot so. The emotional impact at all and those who work here I was a key part but frankly so too was the testimony against Donald Trump. The evidence was so damning about how he summons. Incited and then pointed at the capitol this mob and how little he did to ensure that we were safe to send any help. Or to check on his own vice president. Do you say that use offers so we've also heard some Republican colleagues severe saying what they heard in these arguments moved them senator thune called the presentation very moving senator Murkowski called the evidence damning. In your mind is it possible that you all are able to get to the seventeen Republican votes needed to connects. Lindsay I find it hard to imagine how anyone. Who is going to uphold their oath to do impartial justice can listen to this testimony. And not include. Net president trump violated his oath and deserves conviction. We just spoke with senator Kramer he sounded like his mind was made up he's simply said that he didn't feel it evidence was there to convince candidate. President trump former former president Tom had in fact incited the riot. So you think does turn out to be by the end of the trial that the votes just aren't there. Would you support a censure resolution there's also been talk of a 9/11 like commission. I don't want to get there until we've had that votes but we have. Have to have accountability. We have to send a signal to history to the American people to president trump. I'm that we as a body understand that what happened on January 6 can't happen again. We heard compelling comments from Republican governors from former members as president Trump's own cabinet from members of the house and senate. Who stood up to president trump on this incident. The senate needs to do its job and if they fail if Republicans won't vote to convict that we need to pursue other ways that we can hold him accountable. To that point if Republicans don't vote to convict do you feel of this makes a lot more difficult to negotiate with them in the future going forward. I don't frankly we've got a history of having very difficult moments here at the impeachment trial a year ago the confirmation hearings have. Justice Kavanagh justice Barrett. And within a matter of weeks finding some way to work together going forward. America is in crisis we. Have to respond to the needs of the American people in this pandemic Joseph Biden was elected president on a platform of trying to bring us together. I view it as part of my job appeared to try and work together even with people who I just I cannot understand how they can watch this evidence and failed to convict president truck. Senator Chris coups in Delaware thank you so much for your time. Thank you Lindsey.

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