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

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (D-Va.) said on Saturday that he wanted his GOP colleagues in the Senate to treat President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister 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.

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"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 CollinsErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Toward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' MORE (Alaska) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina 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.