DERSHOWITZ: Jan 6 Committee ‘Reminds Me Of McCarthyism’
Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz described the predominantly Democrat-run House committee apparently investigating the events of January 6th as reminiscent of 1950s era “McCarthyism” on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday exclusive interview with host Joel Pollak.
“[The January 6 committee] reminds me a little bit of McCarthyism, where you had committees like the House Un-American Activities Committee, which didn’t have an appropriate legislative purpose,” Dershowitz said. “They were just trying to subpoena people for political and ideological purposes.”
The radical commission, which is comprised both of House Democrats and some of the more neoconservative war hawk Republicans such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, is called the Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the United States Capitol.
Pollak and Dershowitz’s also discussed the Supreme Court’s rejection of former President Donald Trump’s attempt to use executive power in order to keep records pursued by congressional committees confidential.
SCOTUS reported, “Supreme Court turned down a request by former President Donald Trump to block the release of presidential records that the committee is seeking. The ruling clears the way for the National Archives to turn over several hundred pages of documents to the committee immediately. Only Justice Clarence Thomas indicated that he disagreed with the court’s decision.”
Dershowitz stated, “The Supreme Court … hasn’t decided the core issue, and that is whether or not an incumbent president can deny the right of a prior president to assert executive privilege over conversations he had while he was in the office. I think the answer to that should be clear and unanimous by the Supreme Court. Of course a former president has the right to assert privilege, otherwise privilege is meaningless, otherwise it just lasts as long as you’re in office, and no president would ever feel comfortable having a confidential conversation with aides or assistants.”
“The harder question is particularization,” he continued. “What kinds of issues come within executive privilege? And that’s what the Supreme Court didn’t want to essentially decide. It’s going to be decided on a document-by-document and person-by-person basis, but I do think, ultimately, there are going to be some real questions raised about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.”
“I’m involved in one such case,” Dershowitz disclosed. “So I admit my bias. I’m representing the people from the My Pillow company who are subject to a subpoena, and we are challenging that subpoena. … So I’m not a neutral or objective constitutional analyst when it comes to that. I want to put my own bias on the table.”
Pollack also reportedly asked Dershowitz about New York state’s new initiative of prioritizing the distribution of life-saving monoclonal antibody Covid-19 treatments based solely on the patient’s race.
“It’s indefensible,” Dershowitz replied. “Why should an African American billionaire who runs a hedge fund and who went to Groton and Exeter and Harvard Law School and is making hundreds of millions of dollars a year, why should he be put on the line ahead of some poor working class white person just because of race? That’s indefensible and inexcusable. You can’t do that.”
“If the 14th Amendment means anything, it means that,” he continued. “We’ve had experience when we try to use race. We did it, obviously, when a liberal president – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – confined 110,000 Japanese Americans in detention centers based exclusively on their race. We’re having it now, somewhat, in race-based affirmative action programs, which are coming under increasing scrutiny, but you can’t do it with medical issues.”
He concluded, “You can say that people who have a history of illness, people who are susceptible to illness, people who have less access to medical care [should be prioritized for rationed healthcare]. You can make all of those distinctions, but you cannot use race as a surrogate for other issues when you can use the other issues just as easily.”
Dershowitz has been famous for his various practices in the law throughout recent American history. The Harvard-based lawyer has appeared or been involved with a myriad of famous trials, even recently lobbying former President Trump to pardon Ghislaine Maxwell before she could face trial — according to a report.
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