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House managers argue that senators have a ‘duty’ to remove Trump from office; Sen. Manchin calls for censure

House impeachment managers on Feb. 3 argued for President Trump’s conviction in the impeachment trial. (Video: The Washington Post)
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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.

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