WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) West Virginia's Democratic Senator spoke to reporters before the start of Friday's proceedings in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
The president's legal team is set to make its arguments against Trump's removal from office, after members of the House present their arguments on the articles of impeachment.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says that makes it more important for in-person witnesses to be presented during the Senate trial.
"We're talking about witnesses who have first-hand knowledge," Manchin says, "and evidence has been redacted that we haven't been able to see, that could help us make an informed decision. West Virginians all believe in fairness, and we believe in our constitution, and holding people accountable for their actions."
Manchin says he takes his role in the trial as an impartial juror seriously, and wants to hear questions and comments about the trial process from West Virginia residents.