Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Congress should censure President Trump over his actions in Ukraine.

What he's saying:

"I see no path to the 67 votes required to impeach. ... However, I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump for his actions in this manner. 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."

Why it matters: Manchin, a moderate Democrat from a red state, says he's undecided on whether to acquit Trump. While censure holds no tangible punishment, it's a symbolic measure that formally condemns an official's behavior. Andrew Jackson is the only president to be censured by the Senate.

  • A number of Republican senators have said that while they do not believe Trump should be removed from office, they believe his actions toward Ukraine were inappropriate.

Between the lines, via Axios' Alayna Treene: The issue with a censure vote is that most Senate Republicans don't think it's viable and argue that the impeachment process is too far along.

  • A censure resolution was originally seen as a way to give more moderate senators an “out” — allowing them to formally disapprove of Trump’s behavior without voting to convict him.
  • But as moderate senators from both parties were forced to make a tough call on the witness vote last Friday, the benefits of a censure vote for these senators declined immensely.

Worth noting: For Manchin, who may be one of the few Democrats to vote to acquit Trump, proposing a censure as an alternative could give him the latitude to say he still disapproved of the president's behavior and sought another remedy.

Read Manchin's resolution.

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Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence

Roger Stone arriving at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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13 states this week surpassed records set just last week for their highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health department data. 16 states in total reported new highs.

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