Untitled, Owen Douglas Moore, Mixed Media on Paper, 2018**

Without relying on a Mueller report or the likely indictments of Mr. Trump and/or members of his family for Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization-related crimes against the United States, David Leonhardt’s Op-Ed The People vs. Donald J. Trump presents a compelling exposition why impeachment is critically necessary to the United States of America. Mr. Trump “is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?” Before doing so, however, he makes the following point with which I wholeheartedly agree:

“So let’s be clear. Trump’s ideology is not an impeachable offense. However much you may disagree with Trump’s tax policy — and I disagree vehemently — it is not a reason to remove him from office. Nor are his efforts to cut government health insurance or to deport undocumented immigrants. Such issues, among others, are legitimate matters of democratic struggle, to be decided by elections, legislative debates, protests and the other normal tools of democracy. These issues are not the ‘treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that the founders intended impeachment to address.”

Leonhardt references four categories of unfitness, viz., high crimes and misdemeanors: [1] “Trump has used the presidency for personal enrichment”; [2] “Trump has violated campaign finance law”; [3] “Trump has obstructed justice”; and [4] “Trump has subverted democracy.”

It is well worth reading.

Additional categories of unfitness, viz., high crimes and misdemeanors, are likely on their way, including a Mueller report and indictments naming Mr. Trump directly or, again and still, as an unindicted co-conspirator. The District of Columbia federal district court extended the sitting grand jury for up to six months, for a total of 24, so the special prosecutor does not have to start over with a new grand jury. If you think this is because Mr. Mueller has nothing and is looking for something, anything, you might want to think again. His office has been highly productive, to date. If he is deterred at all, it will likely be due to Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to obstruct the investigation. Moreover, prosecutors work their way up. White collar criminal cases are among the most complex and difficult to investigate and prepare for prosecution. This one presents additional obstacles because of its international reach. Knowing what we do about Mr. Mueller, my guess, and it’s only a guess, is the time he is taking is necessary to put together a report or indictments, or both, that cannot be assailed by even the best criminal and political defenders, let alone the nonsense spewing from his television “lawyer.” The crimes for which Mr. Trump already is named as an unindicted co-conspirator delegitimized his election and should exempt him from any Department of Justice policy or constitutional protection against indicting a sitting president. See Indicting a Sitting President: Proposed Amendment to the Department of Justice Policy Against Indicting a Sitting President

Moreover, Mr. Trump’s financial ties to Russia go back decades. He didn’t just start practicing deep deception and dishonesty when he announced his candidacy. Based on available public reporting, his candidacy, campaign and election have direct ties to his extensive history and relationship with Russia. See David Corn and Michael Isikoff’s Russian Roulette and Seth Abramson’s Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America. Moreover, he didn’t just become a malignant narcissist and sociopath.

ven·tril·o·quist /venˈtriləkwəst/ noun
plural noun: ventriloquists

a person who can speak or utter sounds so that they seem to come from somewhere else, especially an entertainer who makes their voice appear to come from a dummy of a person or animal

Also absent from the Op-Ed is the fact that Mr. Trump serves as dummy for so many ventriloquists, including Putin, Hannity, Limbaugh and Colter. Montenegro, Poland, and Belarus? WTF. Places he could never find on a map. A fanciful, absurd and unprovoked outburst on why the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, parroting Russian propaganda and talking points, in complete sentences no less? Shutting down the government and holding goods and services and nearly one million federal employees hostage so he won’t “look foolish” — after campaigning relentlessly on the unequivocal guarantee that Mexico would pay for a wall congress refuses to fund?

If Mr. Trump wishes not to “look [even more] foolish” than he already does, he ought to stop saying and doing such stupid sh!t. His ongoing stupidity invites and extends the number, breadth and depth of the criminal and counterintelligence investigations. As I have said before, who needs Deep Throat? We have Trump.

*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

**Owen Douglas Moore, 13 years old, lives in San Antonio Texas and is my oldest grandson. He gave me this drawing for Christmas. Thank you Owen.



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