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Bonds wasn’t sanctioned for his use of performance-enhancing drugs but he can’t get into baseball’s Hall of Fame despite his accomplishments, and it’s Aaron who was celebrated as the sport’s home run king when he died last week.

Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News, January 30, 2021

Father Raymond J. de SouzaHow to hold a president to account after he has left office? Perhaps Major League Baseball might offer a model, as it deals with miscreant players after their days on the diamond are over.

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will take place in about 10 days’ time. Conviction in the Senate after impeachment in the House of Representatives means immediate removal from office and a potential prohibition for holding office in the future. Given that Trump is no longer in office, does it makes sense to proceed?

That debate is being had. Perhaps Trump himself would like to answer the charges and be acquitted by the Senate. Or maybe he thinks it pointless. After all, no longer president, he has no immunity from whatever criminal charges might arise from the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol.  …

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