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Alan Dershowitz: 9/11-Style Commission 'Only Way' to Learn Truth on '16

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By    |   Monday, 21 May 2018 09:58 AM

There is only one way to get to the truth behind the 2016 election, and that is to convene an independent commission to investigate it, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Monday.

"From day one, I said no special counsel, no finger pointing, no criminal prosecution," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," after admitting he is concerned for the United States. "Let's have an independent, nonpartisan commission looking into this election . . . the only way to get to the truth is an independent, 9/11-type commission."

The 2016 election did not mark the country's "finest hour," he added, and whether or not FBI Agent Peter Strzok had a hatred for President Donald Trump or wanted an "insurance policy," or whether there was cooperation with Russian sources, "we need to get to the truth."

"We have to prevent it from happening in the future," Dershowitz said. "This election is a model of what should not happen in the future, and a special counsel is the worst way of getting to the truth."

There are several committees on Capitol Hill running investigations and trying to obtain documents from the Department of Justice, but Dershowitz said Americans do not trust such committees, as they are party-based.

"Nobody asks the question what's good for Americans," he said. "You need a nonpartisan commission of experts, people who really can dig into this. People who really have experience and who don't have an agenda."

Meanwhile, Trump can declassify documents, including those concerning a potential informer in his campaign, Dershowitz said.

"This stuff here doesn't reveal the name of the informer," he said. "You know, that's often the way in which the Justice Department hides what they have done."

Dershowitz on Monday also discussed comments made by Trump's attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, that special counsel Robert Mueller expects to wrap up his investigation into Russian activities by Sept. 1.

"If the president can put this behind him by Sept. 1 by sitting down in a limited capacity with questions that he can answer, that would be a good thing," Dershowitz said. "However, there is always the possibility that the probe could be prolonged."

Dershowitz also addressed the situation in Israel following the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem, saying it is false to call the Gaza situation a "civil rights demonstration."

"It was a lynching," Dershowitz said. "Hamas gave people the addresses of kindergartens and said 'go lynch these Israelis' – and the Israeli soldiers, who I met on the border, they were the good guys. They were trying to minimize casualties. Yes, 50 hamas terrorists were killed. But that's because they were the lynch mob. And we should never analogize them to reasonable demonstrators."

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