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Statute of limitations? Gone.The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked Congress for a slew of new emergency powers, according to documents obtained and reviewed by Politico.
The requests come as the federal government tries to combat the coronavirus pandemic which has sickened over 24,000 people nationwide in the U.S. and claimed more than 280 lives, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Documents obtained by the publication revealed several different proposals.
One of the proposed changes would give the attorney general the power to ask top district judges to stop court proceedings "whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”
These top judges would also gain the power to the stop court proceedings during a national emergency.
In addition, the DOJ has asked for the ability to ask chief judges to permanently detain an individual without trial during emergencies.
Another proposal would reportedly waive the statute of limitations for criminal investigations as well as civil trials during an emergency and could last up to "one year following the end of the national emergency."
Last week, President Trump declared the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. a national health emergency.
The Hill has reached out to the DOJ for comment.
Permanent detentions without trial during an "emergency" (which the President has the power to unilaterally declare).
Court proceedings halted during an emergency.
Now, maybe putting trials on hold during a pandemic makes sense. But this is Donald Trump. A man who has more or less openly aspired to be a dictator since he started running for President. Anyone who thinks these changes will be temporary is kidding themselves.
You know that Trump declaration of dictatorship that all of us with "Trump Derangement Syndrome" have been fearing for the last four years? THIS IS IT. Don't believe it? Slow down and repeat the following: The President literally just asked Congress for the right to detain any American indefinitely with no trial whatsoever.
And because of the current crisis, it will probably go through with barely a whisper of protest, with most people seeing it as simply necessary precautions, then have months to become used to the new state of affairs before they realize what it truly is.