Political moment

Here’s a quick one that speaks for itself, then a word to reassure this agitated patriot:

Major League Baseball is looking into a since-deleted tweet by longtime umpire Rob Drake, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

Drake tweeted late Tuesday that he planned to buy an AR-15 rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020,” according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN.

The tweet, which was deleted soon after it was posted, followed one earlier in the night regarding the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings with President Donald Trump.

The other tweet read: “You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?”

Look, we certainly don’t want another CIVAL WAR, I think we can all agree on that.

Just a few words about this new Republican mantra about a secret star chamber to lynch the president without due process or the slightest chance to defend himself, the one that thirty Trump dead-enders stormed by force the other day to protect non-majoritarian democracy.  The impeachment vote in the House comes after the fact-finding depositions, and after public hearings, and then, if articles of impeachment are adopted,  there is a trial in the Republican majority Senate, where all due process rights are present for the accused.   The fact-finding phase is not the time for the president’s army of private and public lawyers to make his usual full, loud defense.  That time comes once he’s officially impeached.

Depositions are part of most legal proceedings, including impeachments.  There are lawyers for each side present at a deposition.   The prosecution is asking questions to get incriminating evidence.  The defense is objecting to questions beyond the scope of questioning the law allows.   The defense also asks questions that might elicit answers that can be used later to exculpate the person being deposed, or the person they are giving evidence about.  Republicans and Democrats on the committee act as these “lawyers” and both parties are present at these depositions.   Depositions are never public.

These closed door meetings (at one time demanded by Trump for the people he “allowed” to be questioned on a very limited basis, like Hope Hicks) are followed by public sessions with the same witnesses.   Republicans can make all the legal motions they like, right there on TV, can object to everything they find objectionable.  The answers they give in public, under oath, can then be compared to the answers they gave in the sworn, private session.  If their answers change, there is a strong inference of perjury and everybody gets very excited.    Depositions are a way of locking in the truth, particularly for nervous, lawyered up, evasive witnesses concerned about appearing loyal to a powerful official.

What the Democrats in the House are doing now is an impeachment inquiry.   Inquiry, dude.   There will be open, public, televised hearings in the House after this round of depositions.   Then the House will vote on articles of impeachment.  The impeachment proceeding, the trial that decides if the impeached person is removed from office, is conducted in the Senate, presided over by the corporatist jurist, the  self-proclaimed “balls and strikes” umpire, John Roberts.   The president will get all the process that’s due.

Even a fucking Cival Wor Buff ought to know that.   You give the obviously guilty varmint a fair, quick trial and then invite him as guest of honor to a damn neck-tie party!  Yee hah!

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