Hakeem Jeffries tells Senate in impeachment proceedings they should subpoena Baseball Hall of Fame after Jeter vote

Hakeem Jeffries tells Senate in impeachment proceedings they should subpoena Baseball Hall of Fame after Jeter vote
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesA tearful lesson of 2016: Polls don't matter if people don't vote Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was 'taken out of context' by Trump Top House Democrat: Parties 'much closer' to a COVID deal 'than we've ever been' MORE (D-N.Y.) provided the Senate impeachment trial with a humorous anecdote early Thursday evening, jokingly suggesting that they should subpoena the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jeffries, one of the seven House managers for the trial, told the chamber that he was approached by a man in earlier in the day who asked the congressman if he was aware of the "latest outrage." 

Unsure of what the man was talking about, Jeffries asked the man to elaborate. The man responded: "Someone voted against Derek Jeter on his Hall of Fame ballot."


The story drew a good amount of a laughter from the Senate chamber and breathed a moment of levity into the impeachment trial, which has largely been a solemn affair.

"Certainly we hope we can subpoena [former national security advisor] John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report Bolton: North Korea 'more dangerous now' Demand for Trump-related titles sparks expected record year for political books MORE, subpoena [acting White House chief of staff] Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security MORE, but perhaps we can all agree to subpoena the Baseball Hall of Fame," Jeffries joked.

Jeffries represents portions of Brooklyn and Queens. Jeter, who was elected into Cooperstown earlier this week, was the New York Yankees' longtime shortstop. Out of the 397 baseball writers who voted for the Hall of Fame this year, only one person left Jeter off their ballot.

The House managers are on their second day of opening arguments. They have the rest of Thursday and then all of Friday to complete their opening statements.