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The Senate impeachment trial has resumed. House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s defense team have completed their closing arguments. Senators are now allowed to give short speeches. Refresh this page for updates.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., called for the Senate to censure President Donald Trump, explaining Monday he was deeply torn about how he would vote on articles of impeachment later in the week.

Censuring Trump would formally express the Senate’s disapproval of his actions but would not remove him from office. The Senate votes on whether to acquit Trump or convict and remove him from office on Wednesday.

“I see no path to the 67 posts required to impeach President Trump and I haven’t since this trial started,” Manchin explained in a speech on the Senate floor. “However, I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump for his actions.”