The Trump-fueled & AG Sessions led Department of Justice has grown out of control in the Trump era.
The House decided that it had seen enough and in response weakened the DOJ’s authoritative arm.
According to The Hill, members of the House voted unanimously to cut off the DOJ’s ability to seize assets including cash and property from people suspected of crimes who have not officially been charged.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers including Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) are all in favor of an amendment to a government-spending package for 2018 that blocks the Trump administration from lifting restrictions on the implementation of asset forfeiture. The measure bars police from keeping portions of seized cash and property.
AG Sessions argued that “asset forfeiture is one of law enforcement’s most effective tools to reduce crime and its use should be encouraged where appropriate.”
“To ensure that this tool is used appropriately, the Department is implementing safeguards to make certain that there is sufficient evidence of criminal activity before a federal adoption occurs, that the evidence is well documented, that our state and local law enforcement partners have appropriate training to use this tool, and that there is appropriate supervisory review of decisions to approve forfeiture.”
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