The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.
Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.
The move has tapped into a broader fear among civil liberties advocates and Donald Trump’s critics — that the president will use a moment of crisis to push for controversial policy changes. Already, he has cited the pandemic as a reason for heightening border restrictions and restricting asylum claims.
Read the full article. As you can see below, response has been universally negative from both the left and the right.
New: DOJ seeking broad new powers during emergencies like coronavirus, per docs I reviewed https://t.co/obVXsq8Njg
— Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) March 21, 2020
Congress must loudly reply NO.
“The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies.” https://t.co/B0TL8y6Sbh
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 21, 2020
No. Congress must say no. https://t.co/a3ornSBvuu
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 21, 2020
WHAT. GESTAPO. SHIT. IS. THIS?👇🏼 https://t.co/86PNVDrRDt
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) March 21, 2020
Absolutely not. https://t.co/buaiiU92Xk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2020
No fucking way we’re bringing back a suspension of Habeas Corpus.
It’s a pandemic, not a civil war. https://t.co/ebxj1C8H3c
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 21, 2020
No, no, hell no. Also no. And by the way, no. https://t.co/xdsM3zrmTS
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 21, 2020