Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine

Husband to @AnneHolton, father of 3. U.S. Senator from Virginia. In my free time, I’m either outdoors, reading, or jamming on the harmonica.

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Virginia just made history by becoming the 38th and final state needed to ratify the #EqualRightsAmendment ! It’s far past time to finally enshrine equality for women into our Constitution.

Today, my colleagues and I swear an oath to do impartial justice in the impeachment trial. I hope we can agree to a fair trial that includes relevant documents and testimony from witnesses with firsthand knowledge. The stakes could not be higher for the Senate and for the nation.

Dr. King taught us not only to walk in the path of kindness and respect, but also to work every day to call out the injustice we see, examine its existence, and work to vanquish it. Today let us all remember that and recommit ourselves in the fight against injustice.

As a lawyer, I had cases in every court from the Richmond traffic court to the U.S. Supreme Court. I know courtrooms front, back, and center. And now I'm a juror for the first time in my life. I want to share some thoughts after the first few days of this impeachment trial:

As jurors we're grappling with 3 questions: 1. What are the facts? 2. Do the facts establish either or both of the articles of impeachment? 3. If they do, did they establish them at such a level—a high crime or misdemeanor—to warrant removal of the President from office?

I’ve taken an oath to do impartial justice and I’m going to keep an open mind until the proceedings are done. But I'm disappointed that my colleagues have yet to embrace what anyone who’s been in any courtroom understands: you can’t have a trial without witnesses and documents.

We’re either interested in finding the facts or we’re not; we’re either interested in the truth or we’re not. I do not believe that an impeachment trial should operate at a lesser standard than a trial in a traffic court in the city of Richmond—but that's where we are right now.

The fact that the White House was so adamant against producing any documents and that the Republican majority has so far stood against the presentation of the full evidentiary record suggests that it’s not really a fair trial.

But more importantly, it suggests to me that they are afraid of what is in those documents. And they are afraid of what the witnesses will say in testimony. And that should tell the American public something.

Trump’s lawyers said cross-examination of witnesses is “the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” If that’s true, why would they push forward with a trial without witnesses and documents? Are they afraid we will discover the truth?


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Ten rounds. That's the magazine limit allowed in Kentucky while hunting deer. Yet when we call for similar limits on assault weapons used in mass shootings, we're told it violates the 2nd Amendment. Why are we valuing deer lives more than human life?

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I wanted to be first at my polling place, but 99-year-old Minerva Turpin beat me to it. Looks like I need to get used to being number two!

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Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts.

People often forget that we *already had* an assault weapons ban. For a decade! So don't let the gun lobby cry "unconstitutional!" It wasn't. We are pushing to *reinstate* this law so we can reduce mass shootings. Pretty straightforward.

It's 11:21pm. Most Americans are asleep. But the GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee just rammed through their tax bill on a partisan vote, under cover of darkness. This process is an embarrassment.

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