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Pat Lang Charges Pelosi’s Impeachment Strategy Could Turn U.S. into a Parliamentary System

Jan. 19, 2020 (EIRNS)—In a Jan. 18 column published on his “Sic Semper Tyrannis” blog, defense intelligence expert Col. Pat Lang (ret.), echoes the warning previously issued by constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz—that should the Democrats’ impeachment drive succeed, based on the spurious grounds of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, they “will have succeeded in reverting the power structure in the federal government ... to something much like the government of the Articles of Confederation.”

In that setup, Lang continues,

“the federal government will become driven by the House of Representatives and will become the sole controlling part of the federal government with the ability to remove an opposition President through a simple majority vote and a rubber stamp trial in an intimidated Senate. We will then have become a parliamentary democracy with the Speaker of the House controlling all.”

He continues that Alan Dershowitz “will testify in this wise at Trump’s trial. I support his position.”

Lang otherwise has a useful discussion of how the Articles of Confederation were scrapped in favor of the Constitution, which created a strong Executive Branch

“empowered in many ways to act without the direction given by the Legislative Branch.” He goes on that, now, Nancy Pelosi is attempting to impeach Donald Trump on charges that aren’t cited in the Constitution as grounds for impeachment. She is seeking “to control the trial of the President in the Senate through intimidation of members and such devices as accusing the Majority Leader [MitchMcConnell] of the Senate of being a Russian agent of influence, ‘Moscow Mitch.’ Her justification for that is McConnell’s unwillingness to obey her.”

Lang’s column is appropriately titled, “If Trump Is Removed, Will the Speaker of the House Not Be the Sovereign?”

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