“His behavior cannot go unchecked by the Senate, and censure would allow a bipartisan statement condemning his unacceptable behavior in the strongest terms.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) bragged about his bipartisan ways during his floor speech on President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as a way to point out the obvious: The Senate does not have the 67 votes to convict Trump.
Instead, he suggested the Senate censure Trump.
“I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump for his actions in this matter. Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines, and as an equal branch of government to formally denounce the president’s actions and hold him accountable,” Manchin said in a speech on the Senate floor.
“His behavior cannot go unchecked by the Senate, and censure would allow a bipartisan statement condemning his unacceptable behavior in the strongest terms,” Manchin said. “History will judge the Senate for how we have handled this solemn constitutional duty.”
Here’s text of the Manchin resolution to censure Trump. It is NOT privileged.
This means that Manchin would need to get an agreement from McConnell to get a vote, something that is highly unlikely. While Manchin could use his power to try to force a vote, it still would be hard pic.twitter.com/afIeU3u3sz
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 3, 2020
JOE MANCHIN calls for Senate to censure Trump:
“[The] question is not whether the president’s conduct warrants his removal from office but whether our nation is better served by his removal by the Senate now with impeachment or by the decision that voters will make in November.” pic.twitter.com/2fzq3Xdm0m
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) February 3, 2020
From The Washington Post:
The legislation argues that Trump “used the office of the president of the United States to attempt to compel a foreign nation to interfere with domestic political affairs for his own personal benefit” and says Trump “wrongfully enlisted his personal lawyer to investigate a domestic political rival by meddling in formal diplomatic relations in a manner that is inconsistent with our established National Security Strategy.”
It adds that “Trump hindered the thorough investigation of related documents and prohibited Congress and the American people from hearing testimony by first-hand witnesses with direct knowledge of his conduct.”
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