4 min readFeb 3, 2020


Why? Because In The Party Of Trump, Morality And Fidelity To The Constitution Are Indistinguishable from Raw Power

And There’s Not A F#@king Thing You Can Do About It

Except Vote — Unless The GOP Succeeds In Preventing A Free And Fair Election

The Sneeze, Watercolor, 21" x 29", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 2005, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**

Ahead of his impeachment trial the president provided campaign funding to GOP senators who stand in judgment of him.

GOP senators who stand in judgment of the president accepted from him campaign funding ahead of an impeachment trial of the president.

Ahead of his impeachment trial the president endorsed a GOP senator for re-election who stands in judgment of him.

Counsel to the White House who is on the public dole and who personally witnessed alleged high crimes for which the president is on trial in the Senate serves as counsel for the president in the impeachment trial.

Counsel to the White House who is on the public dole, who personally witnessed alleged high crimes for which the president is on trial and who serves as counsel for the president in the impeachment trial

• Withheld from or failed to disclose to the triers of fact that he personally witnessed alleged high crimes for which the president is on trial and

• Made and allowed representations and arguments on the floor of the senate as counsel for the president that are in direct conflict with his personal knowledge based on what he witnessed.

The majority leader in the senate who took an oath of impartiality as a judge in an impeachment trial of the president colluded with the president and his counsel to assure a predetermined outcome.

The president’s counsel drafted questions for senators to pose during the question and answer phase of the impeachment trial.

The majority leader controlled and direct PAC resources to those senators who are on board with his and the White House’s predetermined outcome.

A former state attorney general who accepted a $25,000.00 contribution from a Trump charitable organization as apparent inducement not to investigate his sham university serves as his counsel in an impeachment trial in the senate.

Then there’s the $65,000,000.00 from religious charities to Jay Sekulow and family.

And Alan Dershowitz who, after arguing that when the president “does something that he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” claimed he did not say, word for word, exactly what he said. Let’s quickly dissect that one. Only the president cannot be prosecuted for criminal misconduct per DOJ memo. Only the president can use the power of that office to extort or elicit a quid pro quo with a foreign power, “in the public interest,” to get himself re-elected. I do not interpret what Dershowitz said to apply to people who are not already endowed with Article II power. So it’s the president alone who can do anything, legal or otherwise, to get elected if he thinks it’s “in the public interest.” I understand his argument to mean only the president acts with complete impunity. Any other candidate is at serious risk of DOJ investigation and criminal prosecution.

Parenthetically, included in the United States Criminal Code is a concept from the common law known as Misprison. The crime consists of concealing or failing to report one’s knowledge of certain criminal conduct to the appropriate authorities. The Criminal Code includes Misprison of Felony and Misprison of Treason. The crime of Misprison of Felony reads:

“Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

8 U.S.C. § 4.

*My brother the very talented fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to and

**Richard J Van Wagoner is my father. His list of honors, awards and professional associations is extensive. He was Professor Emeritus (Painting and Drawing), Weber State University, having served three Appointments as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts there. He guest-lectured and instructed at many universities and juried numerous shows and exhibitions. He was invited to submit his work as part of many shows and exhibitions, and his work was exhibited in a number of traveling shows domestically and internationally. My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father’s work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father’s art reproduced in and are hers




Exercising my right not to remain silent. Criminal defense and First Amendment attorney.