Skip to comments.Barr calls reports DOJ sought emergency powers amid coronavirus crisis ‘nonsense’
Posted on 03/26/2020 1:25:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General William Barr on Thursday denied reports that the Department of Justice is seeking new emergency powers for itself amid the coronavirus outbreak that would suspend certain rights in criminal matters and potentially detain people indefinitely without trial, saying, It's cockamamie nonsense.
"It's a gross mischaracterization," Barr told Fox News during a telephone interview.
The Justice Department has faced a backlash from some lawmakers after news reports first surfaced this week saying the department was seeking to suspend certain rights: Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., tweeted, More power to the so-called Attorney General? PASS. Some Republicans pushed back too, including Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who simply tweeted, OVER MY DEAD BODY.
But Barr said Thursday the Department of Justice never proposed any expansion of its own power, but rather was asked by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for suggestions about giving judges more flexibility to adjust schedules while many courts are closing or scaling back operations during the coronavirus crisis.
"The whole legal system is rife with deadlines," Barr said. You have so many days to appeal a decision and so on.
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But I read it right here on Free Republic!
Yep, and I dare say there won’t be near as many posts on this thread.
I read it days ago in the same way as Barr is describing it. It was not about powers for the DOJ, but about powers for chief judges - the judiciary - to juggle court schedules hit by delays and shortages stemming from the Corona virus crisis.
In before the Barr haters...
Yet some people around here still imagine in their fantasies that Barr is planning on using “military tribunals” to punish people that he can’t seem to get enough evidence against to indict in an actual court of law.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so idiotic.
“Law enforcement is a very tough job in the best of times”
Yes Bill, we know. You already told us its nearly impossible to do your job with all those annoying tweets from the president. You really should have not come back to such a difficult, stressful and thankless job. /sarc
FR has certainly not been at its best the past month, sadly.
Nonsense that he got caught.
Didn’t Odumbo sign into law the indefinite detention of people...void of due process? Yes, NDAA 2012.
Q2: Now if Hitlery were president?????
They will never let a crisis (real or manufactured) to go to waste.
Hey ... as long as they vote Trump.
Please say it ain't so....
Of course not! I believe everything I read here. It's on the internet.
Yes, I know what we all read, which contained supposed DOJ sources (anonymous I believe) but not directly from Barr, and with those sources “interpretation”, but all those interpretations missed the salient point, that the changes the DOJ was suggesting were directed at changes for the judiciary, via chief judges, NOT in any authority for the DOJ. The background was in how to get over a COURT’S (not the DOJ) backlog on their calendar when a crisis was making getting the court’s work done difficult.
I have been contacted by a health fairy and she says that every person that sends me $100 will be blessed with 100% immunity from the virus.....
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