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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Retweet if you think the Senate GOP should #ShowUsTheBill and hold hearings on health care
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.