Alan Dershowitz dismisses Jan. 6 committee’s Trump referral: ‘Worthless piece of paper’
According to Mr. Dershowitz, the panel operated against the spirit of one of only two civil-liberties provisions in the original Constitution, before the Bill of Rights was added — a ban on “bills of attainder.”
That provision banned Congress from passing indictments of unpopular people by name.
The spirit of the ban, Mr. Dershowitz said on the Newsmax show “John Bachman Now,” is “separation of powers — that you don’t let Congress decide who to prosecute.”
The committee members, all picked by Democrats, voted unanimously Monday to refer four charges to the Justice Department for prosecution: inciting the attack on the Capitol, obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to defraud the government, and making false statements on fake presidential electors.