Now that the lockouts are slowly being rolled back, Attorney General William Barr has sent a message to governors and officials who have used the crisis to abuse power.
In a two-page memo sent out to all United States attorneys on Monday, the nation’s top law enforcement official made it clear that the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis which will be news to Democrat governors.
According to Barr:
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public”
“But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must, therefore, be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected. I thank you for your attention to this important initiative and for your service to our country.”
With the worst of the coronavirus outbreak likely now over, many Democrat officials are showing signs that they are not going to budge on the restrictive lockdowns which will be dragged out to inflict the maximum amount of political damage on President Trump.
However, Barr is now watching closely.
Attorney General William Barr on Monday directed federal prosecutors to “be on the lookout” for public health measures put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic that might be running afoul of constitutional rights.
In a two-page memorandum to the 93 U.S. attorneys, Barr cautioned that some state and local directives could be infringing on protected religious, speech and economic rights.
“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr wrote.
In his memo, Barr said he was directing two Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to monitor the measures taken by state and local governments and “if necessary, take action to correct them.”
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public,” Barr wrote. “But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”
“We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected,” he added.
Barr has called the lockdowns “disturbingly close to house arrest” and has been critical of officials who have targeted religious services, especially during Easter Sunday when some worshipers were harassed by police.
With parts of the country in states not ruled by authoritarian Democrats now starting to reopen, a titanic battle is in the offing between states like California, New York and Michigan and the Trump administration.
No longer just an unprecedented public health crisis, the coronavirus has been used by cynical and power-crazed politicians to wreck the economy which has been one of Trump’s strongest selling points even if they destroy millions of Americans in the process.
Those who have had enough and have engaged in peaceful protests have been attacked, denounced and in the case of Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer, been used as an excuse to collectively punish the state by extending the lockouts.
Now that Barr is dipping his toe into the water, a major constitutional crisis could be in the offing when Democrats refuse to roll back the lockdowns in the ultimate rejection of American principles.