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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is one of the 45 senators who voted Tuesday to declare that it is unconstitutional to proceed with an impeachment trial of a president who is no longer in office. 

According to NPR, Senator Rand Paul pushed for the vote just after senators were sworn in Tuesday afternoon as jurors in the impeachment trial.

Updated at 11:29 p.m. ET

The House of Representatives approved a symbolic resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, after the president's No. 2 has expressed that he would not exercise that option. The move comes nearly a week after violent pro-Trump extremists breached the U.S. Capitol.

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On this week's episode, KRCU's Clayton Hester speaks to Southeast Missouri State University professor Jason Sides about the runoff elections in Georgia and their implications, as well as a look at political circumstances around the nation after the violence at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. senators, including Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, plan to hold hearings on security failures at the U.S. capitol building.

U.S. Senators Blunt and Amy Klobuchar, leaders of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; and Gary Peters and Rob Portman, leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced plans in a statement Friday.  They also said they plan to conduct joint oversight of the security failures after a violent mob stormed the capitol Wednesday and interrupted the formal count of the Electoral College votes.

Simon & Schuster says it has decided not to publish a forthcoming book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, citing the lawmaker's role in fomenting this week's "disturbing [and] deadly insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol.

Hawley quickly fired back at the publisher, calling the move "Orwellian" and an "assault on the First Amendment."