(USA Features) Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said on Tuesday that the 1/6 Committee hand-selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may in fact subpoena former President Donald Trump and compel him to testify but that the effort would likely “fail.”
“He will be called to testify; he’ll invoke executive privilege, perhaps,” Dershowitz told Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co.” program, adding that Trump can invoke executive privilege.
“Perhaps he’ll want to testify. The American public does have a right to know what happened,” he added.
“The key is individual responsibility. This is something that happened collectively, but every individual person must be held accountable for what they did and didn’t do — the president included,” Dershowitz said.
The law school professor told co-host Lyndsay Keith and guest co-host Seth Denson that the seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans on the committee are only going to present the “Democrat truth” to what happened Jan. 6 when hundreds of people breached the Capitol building as lawmakers were inside preparing to officially count electoral votes and certify the 2020 election for Joe Biden.
He said the Pelosi-controlled panel is going to paint the incident broadly and run the risk of harming good people as well who did not do anything wrong.
“You can’t judge this thing collectively, and so I think the focus has to be on a particular people,” Dershowitz said. “What did they do? And we have to know the facts.”
He said, for example, he is representing a Washington student “who went into the Capitol not to obstruct justice, but simply to defend the senators who were calling for hearings” on allegations of election fraud.
He went on to point to a historical case from 1970 involving the “Chicago Seven” in which all were accused in a conspiracy to riot over the Vietnam War but who were all acquitted.
“The courts held that every individual was an individual and had to be treated as an individual under the First Amendment,” Dershowitz said.
However, the famed attorney added, what’s occurring with the panel is not a trial but rank partisanship that uses a “terrible, tragic event” to get “partisan advantage.”
“In Washington today, it’s impossible to do anything without trying to get some partisan advantage, and that’s why I think this hearing will fail,” Dershowitz said.
“I think in the end we won’t learn the truth. We will learn Democratic truths and we will learn Republican truths, but we won’t learn the actual truth because no one is interested in the truth,” he said.
“Everybody is interested in advancing their partisan interests. Unfortunately, that is the case,” Dershowitz added.
“The American people are entitled to know what actually happened, the actual truth. We’re not going to learn it from partisan investigations.”
Earlier this month, the chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said he was not going to rule out calling in the former president to testify and even going to court to force him to do so.
“Nothing is off the table,” Thompson said.
Regarding issuing a subpoena to Trump, Thompson told PBS on July 6 that “we have the subpoena authority.”
“If the facts themselves lead us to any individual, we will not hesitate to bring them before the committee,” he said.