The coronavirus panic, which has been carefully cultivated, constructed, and exploited by the left (compared to the reaction to the Swine Flu epidemic) to destroy the economy is also being used by the deep state to protect itself from President Trump… not to mention the vast overreaching ‘orders’ that have been executed by liberal-controlled governments across the nation.
With the intention to create/instill extra fears amid center-right Americans; and timed to emphasize the center-left narrative of authoritarian Trump; U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr steps in to execute his role.
U.S. AG Bill Barr asks legislators to empower him with more legal authority to take actions within the justice department amid the crisis known as the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.
(Via Politico) 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.
[…] The DOJ requests — which are unlikely to make it through a Democratic-led House — span several stages of the legal process, from initial arrest to how cases are processed and investigated.
In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.” (read more)
Perfectly timed to ignite a week before AG Barr goes before the House Judiciary Committee for testimony March 31st. Strong execution game by the deep state.
Democrats will position themselves a pearl-clutching civil libertarians, and AG Barr will respond by framing the Trump administration as authoritarian. Everyone has a role to play in the political framework and purposing of COVID-19 as a snowball rolling downhill gathering speed…
The state is operating to protect itself, by any means necessary.
Fox News reported on the DOJ response to the “uproar” caused by the extended powers request:
A Justice Department spokesperson issued a clarification overnight regarding a recent “emergency powers” request to Congress involving prolonged pre-trial incarceration during the coronavirus crisis that drew a backlash on social media.
The DOJ claimed that there had been “confusion” after Politico and Rolling Stone wrote that the department was seeking new “emergency powers” for itself that would “suspend” certain rights in criminal matters. In reality, the spokeswoman said, judges would be the ones to determine whether a defendant could be held in custody for longer than normally permitted.
“Bottom line: The proposed legislative text confers powers upon judges. It does not confer new powers upon the executive branch,” said a statement posted by DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec early Monday morning. “These provisions are designed to empower the courts to ensure the fair and effective administration of justice.”
The reports that the Trump administration was looking to infringe on rights by detaining people indefinitely during the outbreak led to bipartisan outrage from lawmakers including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who simply tweeted, “OVER MY DEAD BODY” with a link to the Politico report.
According to Kupec, this concern is unfounded. She said the proposed measures, which include suspending certain time limits in criminal cases, were the result of consulting with both the judiciary and Congress in order “to help federal judges more consistently manage the cases within their districts and to protect the interests of justice during this national emergency.”
By suspending these limits, defendants would be able to be held in custody longer before trial and statutes of limitations would be put on hold, should a judge determine it is necessary and proper.
Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele warned that doing this “is NOT a slope we want to get on,” especially with “this crew,” referring to the current DOJ.
Kupec reiterated that the power would not belong to the DOJ itself because the decisions would be made by judges. She also noted that nothing will change unless Congress approves the measures and, if they are approved, they would end once the emergency is over or a district’s chief judge determines that the emergency conditions are not substantially affecting how the courts are able to function.
Regardless of the word-game, the media presented the case exactly the way it was planned by the deep state, and the rest of the narrative will likely fall out according to script.
What more people should be worried about is the ease which Americans blithely accepted the destruction of personal liberty as soon as an outbreak was ‘reported.’
Rather than act with intelligence or maturity, the American people continued to conduct unnecessary travel and social gatherings, spreading the disease because of selfishness.