House managers argued Monday that senators have a “duty” to remove President Trump from office as they delivered closing arguments in the impeachment trial, following last week’s vote not to call witnesses regarding his conduct toward Ukraine.

Senators heard from both the House impeachment managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), and Trump’s lawyers, led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow. The trial is expected to end Wednesday with an acquittal.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), meanwhile, called on his colleagues to censure Trump rather than acquit him, noting that doing so “would allow a bipartisan statement condemning his unacceptable behavior in the strongest terms.”

Trump was impeached by the House for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The crux of the case against him is the allegation that he withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president.

●Trump’s impending acquittal could have profound ramifications for future presidents.

●Senate Republicans defend decision to bar new evidence as Trump acquittal vote nears.

●Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) finds it’s lonely in the middle.

12:00 a.m.
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Sen. Murkowski says she will not vote to convict Trump

In a Senate floor speech, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced that she will not vote to convict Trump this week, casting her decision as one to “uphold the integrity of our courts.”

Murkowski, who had been eyed by Democrats as a potential crossover vote, said that she made up her mind once it became clear that a potential tie vote in the Senate would be used to “burn down” the judicial branch for partisan purposes.

Her statement came after the Senate voted 51-49 last week against including witnesses and documents in the trial — suggesting that a move by Murkowski to break with her party could have resulted in a 50-50 deadlock.

Democrats had been urging Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in on a potential tie vote. But Roberts said last week that he believes it would be “inappropriate” for him to do so.

In her floor speech Monday, Murkowski called Trump’s actions “shameful and wrong.” But she also took aim at the “rotted foundation” of the impeachment process, noting that she concluded several days ago “that there would be no fair trial.”

“I cannot vote to convict,” she said. “The Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances.”

10:45 p.m.
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Donald Trump Jr. seeks to draw contrast with Hunter Biden at Iowa event

At an event in West Des Moines, Iowa, Donald Trump Jr. sought to draw a contrast between his family and the Bidens, arguing that the Trump children, unlike Hunter Biden, have limited their business activities since their father entered the White House.

“Unlike Hunter Biden, we were international businesspeople before we got into politics,” the president’s eldest son said. “That’s what we actually did. But when we said, ‘Hey, we’re not going to do new deals going forward. We won’t do that,’ just — fear of possible impropriety. We didn’t use it as a mandate to say, ‘Hey, let’s get rich quick. Let’s do it.’ That’s the difference between us and them.”

Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, are overseeing a nationwide expansion of the family business during their father’s presidency. In Washington, the company is reportedly asking $500 million for the Trump International Hotel — which could allow a single person or company to pay the president’s company a massive lump sum.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, shut down her namesake fashion line in 2018. But she has drawn scrutiny after Chinese regulators greenlighted a large number of her trademark applications in recent years.

Trump himself has also taken a number of steps that used the power of the presidency to boost his business, including attending GOP fundraisers at four Trump properties. In October, Trump awarded the contract to host next year’s Group of Seven summit to Trump National Doral Miami — before canceling the plan a few days later amid bipartisan criticism.

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Sen. Manchin calls on Senate to censure Trump

Manchin, a moderate who is friendly with the White House, on Monday asked his colleagues to consider censuring Trump as the Senate concludes its impeachment trial.

Manchin has prepared a censure resolution for fellow senators to consider in the coming days, which would be a less severe rebuke than removal from office for Trump’s efforts in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rival.

“What the president did was wrong,” Manchin said in a speech on the Senate floor.

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8:40 p.m.
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Democrats praise, Republicans pan Rep. Schiff’s closing speech

Early reactions to Schiff’s closing statement were split largely along party lines.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised Schiff, telling reporters he had delivered “just about the best speech I ever heard.”

“He moved me,” Schumer said of Schiff. “I hope he moved some Republicans.”

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), meanwhile, said that the California Democrat had been “sanctimonious” in his remarks. Schiff’s argument, he said, “loses its credibility” in light of statements by other Democrats who had long pledged to impeach Trump.

“I think that worked good to his district there in Hollywood,” Braun said. “I don’t think that appealed to the broad section of middle America. I can tell you, Adam Schiff, no one’s listening to him in Indiana.”

8:30 p.m.
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Nationwide protests planned for Trump’s expected acquittal

A coalition of groups, including Public Citizen, the Women’s March, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, has announced plans to hold rallies on Capitol Hill and across the nation on Wednesday to denounce Trump’s expected acquittal.

Public Citizen, a left-leaning watchdog group, said in a Monday news release that more than 160 “Reject the Cover-up” protests are being planned for Wednesday evening, when the Senate is expected to vote. The protests are aimed at holding Trump and Republican lawmakers “accountable for betraying the American people and the Constitution,” according to Public Citizen.

“Protestors will send a clear message: Any acquittal made after blocking key evidence is not an exoneration — it’s a cover-up,” the group said.

8:10 p.m.
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‘You will not change him,’ Rep. Schiff tells GOP of Trump in closing statement

In a blistering closing argument, Schiff made an appeal to Senate Republicans to stand up for the truth, arguing that even if it matters “little” to Trump, it “matters to you.”

“A man without character or ethical compass will never find his way, even as the most recent and most egregious misconduct was discovered,” Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, said of Trump. “He was unapologetic, unrepentant — and more dangerous.”

Over the weekend, some Senate Republicans have defended Trump by claiming that while the president may have made mistakes in the past, he has learned from them and won’t do the same in the future.

Schiff appeared to implicitly rebut those statements Monday, arguing forcefully that the president will not change.

“He has betrayed our national security, and he will do so again,” Schiff said about Trump. “He has compromised our elections, and he will do so again. You will not change him. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less, and decency matters not at all.”

As he closed his remarks, Schiff made a direct appeal to Senate Republicans.

“I do not ask you to convict him because truth or right or decency matters nothing to him, but because we have proven our case, and it matters to you,” he said. “Truth matters to you. Right matters to you. You are decent. He is not who you are.”

7:30 p.m.
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If impeachment in election years was off-limits, founders would have said so, Rep. Lofgren says

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), one of the House impeachment managers, on Monday pushed back against the notion that Trump can’t be impeached because 2020 is an election year.

“High crimes and misdemeanors mean abuse of power against the constitutional order — conduct that is corrupt, whether or not a crime,” Lofgren said. “Now, some say no impeachment when there’s an election coming. But without term limits when they wrote the Constitution, there was always an election coming.”

“If impeachment in election years was not to be,” she added, “our founders would have said so.”

7:25 p.m.
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Garcia argues Trump’s removal necessary for next generation

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Tex.), one of the House impeachment managers, argued that Trump’s removal from office is necessary to protect democracy for the next generation.

“Little girls and boys across America aren’t asking at home what the framers meant by high crimes and misdemeanors,” she said. “But someday, they will ask why we didn’t do anything to stop this president who’s put his own interests above what was good for all of us. They will ask. They will want to understand.”

Garcia told senators that they “inherited a democracy.”

“Now we must protect it and pass it on to the next generation.,” she said. “We simply can’t give our children a democracy if their president is above the law.”

7:20 p.m.
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Cipollone closes by arguing that voters should decide Trump’s fate

As he wrapped up the defense team’s arguments, Cipollone told senators that the American people, not the Senate, should determine Trump’s fate.

“So at the end of the day, we put our faith in the Senate,” Cipollone said. “We put our faith in the Senate. Because we know you will put your faith in the American people. You will leave this choice to them, where it belongs.”

Cipollone added that Trump is eager to face the voters.

“We believe that this president, day after day, has put their interests first, has achieved successful results, has fulfilled the promises he made to them,” he said. “And he is eager to go before the American people in this upcoming election.”

7:15 p.m.
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Sen. Blunt defends Trump after Chiefs faux pas

After the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV Sunday night, Trump tweeted congratulations to the team, declaring they had “represented the Great State of Kansas … so very well.”

While the state of Kansas is home to a goodly portion of the Chiefs’ fan base, the team is actually based in Missouri — leading to plenty of guffaws, even after Trump deleted the tweet. Former senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), for one, declared Trump a “stone cold idiot.”

Her former colleague, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), was more forgiving in speaking to reporters Monday.

Said Blunt, who had attended the game in Miami: “You’d be surprised how many members of the Senate say, ‘The Kansas City Chiefs have to be in Kansas, right?’ ”

7:10 p.m.
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Sekulow urges Senate to end ‘totally partisan presidential impeachment’

Sekulow argued that House Democrats had presented “the first totally partisan presidential impeachment in our nation’s history” and urged “it should be our last.”

“They have cheapened the awesome power of impeachment,” Sekulow said. “And unfortunately, of course, the country is not better for that. We urge this body to dispense with these partisan articles of impeachment for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the Constitution.”

Sekulow argued that the underlying issue was not an abuse of power by Trump but “policy disputes” over Ukraine.

“Elections have consequences,” he said. “We all know that. And if you do not like the policies of a particular administration or a particular candidate, you are free and welcome to vote for another candidate. But the answer is elections, not impeachment.”

He later played videos of ceremonies of Trump signing bipartisan legislation.

“This is what the American people expect,” he said.

7:00 p.m.
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White House counsel claims Rep. Schiff was ‘an interested witness,’ making no mention of Cipollone

White House Deputy Counsel Patrick Philbin returned to the House Republican argument against impeachment, accusing the Democratic-led House of procedural missteps — despite the fact that the White House declined to take part in the process.

“The House violated every principle of due process and fundamental fairness in the way the hearings were conducted,” Philbin said.

The White House served notice to the House in October that it would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry.

Philbin also took aim at Schiff, as Trump and other top Republicans have frequently done, calling the House Intelligence Committee chairman “an interested witness who had been involved in — or at least his staff — in discussions with the whistleblower, then guided the factual inquiry in the House.”

Democrats have countered that argument by noting that Schiff has said he never talked to the whistleblower and doesn’t know the individual’s identity. A senior Democratic official also argued last month that Cipollone and other White House lawyers are “actual fact witnesses, unlike any of the House managers” due to their knowledge of Trump’s efforts to cover up his alleged misconduct.

6:20 p.m.
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Starr cites Martin Luther King Jr. in defense of Trump

Trump defense counsel Kenneth Starr began closing arguments Monday by urging senators to consider whether the impeachment process was fair, invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and cheating in football.

Appealing to the principles of freedom and justice — “freedom whose contours have been shaped over the centuries” — he alluded to a famous King quote, saying that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice. He said fundamental fairness means “playing by the rules.”

“It’s why we don’t allow deflated footballs or stealing signs from the field,” Starr said.

Starr’s statement was a reference to two sports scandals. One involved the 2016 suspension of Tom Brady of the New England Patriots over his role in a scheme to deflate footballs. The other involved the Houston Astros’ recent sign-stealing scandal, which cost several people their jobs, including the team’s manager and general manager.

“Rules are rules,” Starr continued. “They’re to be followed. And so I submit that a key question to be asked as you begin your deliberations [is], were the rules here faithfully followed? If not — if that is your judgment — then with all due respect, the prosecutors should not be rewarded, just as federal prosecutors are not rewarded. You didn’t follow the rules; you should have.”

Best known for serving as special prosecutor in the Bill Clinton impeachment, Starr argued that rules and tradition were “followed scrupulously” in previous impeachments.

5:55 p.m.
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Cipollone says Democrats are seeking to overturn 2016 election

Cipollone opened the presentation of Trump’s lawyers arguing that Democrats are trying to overturn the 2016 election and “interfere” in the 2020 election by impeaching Trump.

“At the end of the day, the key conclusion, we believe the only conclusion based on the evidence and based on the articles of impeachment themselves and the Constitution, is that you must vote to acquit the president,” Cipollone said. “At the end of the day, this is an effort to overturn the results of one election and to try to interfere in the coming election that begins today in Iowa.”

Cipollone said Trump’s lawyers would present their arguments in “a very efficient period of time,” suggesting that they might not use the full two hours that have been allotted to them.