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Jan 25, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
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.

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Jan 14
Beginning Tuesday, the Senate will proceed to consider voting rights legislation for the first time in my Senate career.
Up until now, Republicans have blocked our ability to even consider voting rights—essentially a “gag rule” on this topic. But we have found a path to begin debate on the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act even over Republican opposition.
We are scrapping our traditional MLK recess to have this debate. So appropriate.
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Apr 13, 2021
I support the Biden Administration’s decision to withdraw the remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan by September 11th. As we approach the 20th year of the war—the longest in U.S. history—we should acknowledge what we achieved and be realistic about the challenges that remain:
Development outcomes in Afghanistan, including access to education for women, increased life expectancy, and access to electricity, have significantly improved. Additionally, Osama bin Laden is dead, and Al-Qaeda degraded.
As we maintain humanitarian and diplomatic support for a partner nation, we should continue to work with the UN and regional partners towards a peace deal for the security and prosperity of the Afghan people—and to ensure Afghanistan does not again become a haven for terrorists.
Read 5 tweets
Jan 7, 2021
The sun is up on a new day. But there must be accountability for yesterday:

The Cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment against Trump. If he wants to challenge, Congress should vote him out.

Congress should inform Trump that he is not welcome at the inauguration.
Congress must also dig into the awful lack of security yesterday—praising those who performed heroically and holding accountable those who allowed the second attack on the Capitol in US history.
Law enforcement officials should investigate and, if warranted, punish insurrectionists. That includes citizen Trump, who loses all immunity on January 20th.
Read 4 tweets
Jan 7, 2021
Tonight I spoke on the Senate floor about exactly what objecting to these electoral results means for our country:
After John Lewis was savagely beaten on Bloody Sunday, the US Senate came together to pass the Voting Rights Act.

We should be coming together today—after more violence—to affirm the votes cast in November. Instead we’re contemplating an unprecedented act of disenfranchisement.
If we object to these electoral results, we’re saying to states: No matter how safe and secure your elections are, we’ll gladly overturn them if we don't like the results.
Read 4 tweets
Jan 3, 2021
To Senators attempting to overturn state electoral results in states that voted for Biden/Harris:
Your challenge is dangerous—you are attempting to overthrow the government of the United States.
Your challenge is discriminatory—you are attempting a massive disenfranchisement of select voters in select states that voted for the Biden/Harris ticket.
Read 6 tweets
Oct 26, 2020
At 5am today, I spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court—a process that has shown just how deeply misplaced the priorities of the Senate GOP are in this moment.
We're facing the largest public health crisis in 100 years, the most significant economic collapse since the Great Depression, and the Senate has done nothing to provide relief for 6 months! This is inexcusable.
The GOP Senate majority abandoned their commitment to helping Americans through this emergency on September 18—the day that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. And since then, rushing Judge Barrett to confirmation has been all that matters to them.
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