Report: MLB investigating umpire's threatening tweet regarding Trump impeachment hearings

Veteran MLB umpire Rob Drake threatened on Twitter on Tuesday to buy an AR-15 for war over the impeachment hearings facing President Donald Trump, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.

The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, according to the report, and read “I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! MAGA2020"

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday that he will look into the tweet.

Drake rails against impeachment inquiry

Drake’s “CIVAL WAR” tweet —”cival” is his spelling — followed another tweet complaining about an “inquiry from the basement of Capital Hill.”

Twitter/@thedrake30

 

U.S. House conducting impeachment investigation

The U.S. House of Representatives is conducting closed-door impeachment hearings via a bipartisan panel of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. Trump stands accused of using the office of the president to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

White House transcript of a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky supports the whistleblower complaint, and Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted in a news conference last week that “we do that all the time,” when referencing quid pro quos with foreign governments.

Drake locks Twitter account

Drake has locked his Twitter account since ESPN’s report. He didn’t respond to ESPN requests for comment. Major League Baseball Umpires Association president Joe West also declined comment.

Drake, 50, has been an MLB umpire since 2010 and worked playoff games from 2012-15, according to his MLB bio. He was the home plate umpire for Felix Hernandez’s perfect game in 2012 and worked the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2017.

He co-founded a professional umpire ministry and lives in Arizona.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies argues with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn #17 after Arenado was called out on strikes against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the six inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on April 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants is restrained by first base coach Jose Alguacil #17 and bench coach Hensley Meulens #31 after being ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt #57 in the seventh inning at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after being ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt #57 in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 13: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is restrained by Javier Baez #9 after being called out by the third base umpire during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 13: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs is restrained by Javier Baez #9 after being called out by the third base umpire during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field on April 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants argues with home plate umpire Ryan Additon #67 after being ejected in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Justin Bour, center, argues a called third strike with umpire Jeremie Rehak, as Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, left, throws the ball back, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Bour was ejected. The Rangers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 17: Justin Bour #41 of the Los Angeles Angels gets ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Milwaukee Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal (10) argues with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak (35) during a MLB game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 13, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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