Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response The infrastructure bill creates more need for workforce training Biden officials back repealing Iraq War authorization MORE (D-Va.) said on Saturday that he wanted his GOP colleagues in the Senate to treat President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE's trial with "at least" the seriousness that they would treat a traffic court case. 

During an interview with MSNBC host Ari Melber, Kaine remarked on his desire to have his Republican counterparts in the Senate request evidence and call new witnesses for testimony. 

The senator talked about his experience as a lawyer, stating that no matter the case and its severity, there have always been witnesses and related documents involved in a trial.


"I tried cases for 17 years as a civil rights lawyer and I had cases in every court from the traffic division of Richmond General District Court to the United States Supreme Court, and there is no case that I ever tried, to a judge or jury, that didn't have witnesses and documents,” Kaine said. 

“All I want from my Republican colleagues is that they treat the matter of an impeachment trial of the president of the United States with at least the same degree of seriousness as they would get if they were in the traffic division of Richmond,” he said. 

The question still remains whether the Senate will call new witnesses to the impeachment trial to testify. In the Republican-controlled Senate, it will be unlikely that lawmakers vote in favor of calling new witnesses, as Democratic senators would need four GOP votes.

Currently, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate Sarah Palin says she's praying about running for Senate against Murkowski Graham says he has COVID-19 'breakthrough' infection MORE (Alaska) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE (Utah) could be among those moderate Republicans to swing.  

Recently, Romney said that it was likely he would vote to call on witnesses, though he said he would like to hear all of the opening arguments before deciding. 

The Senate impeachment trial of the president began Tuesday and went on until Saturday.

The trial will pick up again on Monday, and though it's unclear when exactly the trial will conclude, Trump’s allies have shown a preference for a quick trial without witnesses which could end as soon as next week.