DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic
By Betsy Woodruff Swan
March 22, 2020 "Information Clearing House" - The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies ó part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.
Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the departmentís 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.
A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the documents.