Trump’s Department Of Justice Just Made A Move That’s Enraging Democrats AND Republicans

Republicans and Democrats are upset over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ controversial plans to increase civil asset forfeiture. The Department of Justice is stepping up efforts to seize property and money suspected of being used in a crime or obtained through illegal activity. That whole ‘innocent until guilty’ thing was just thrown out the window.

Local officials would be able to pull the feds into an investigation in order to ease the process of seizing assets from criminal suspects, even if they are not charged with a crime. This would allow law enforcement to take property without proving a crime occurred.

Sessions issued an order that authorized, “federal adoption of all types of assets seized lawfully by state or local law enforcement under their respective state laws . . . whenever the conduct giving rise to the seizures violates federal law.”

This move is so bad that even Darrell Issa is against it.

“This is a troubling decision for the due process protections afforded to us under the Fourth Amendment as well as the growing consensus we’ve seen nationwide on this issue,” Issa said, according to Politico. “Ramping up adoptive forfeitures would circumvent much of the progress state legislatures have made to curb forfeiture abuse and expand a loophole that’s become a central point of contention nationwide. Criminals shouldn’t be able to keep the proceeds of their crime, but innocent Americans shouldn’t lose their right to due process, or their private property rights, in order to make that happen.”

Rep. Justin Amash weighed in calling it a move ‘backward.’

Mike Less isn’t happy about this either.

Conservatives are upset.

84 percent of Americans oppose civil asset forfeiture. Among those is Justice Clarence Thomas who delivered harsh criticism in March of the civil forfeiture system, expressing doubt over the constitutionality of the process in which police seize cash, cars and other property that they suspect have ties to crime without going through a criminal procedure, Forbes reported.

This isn’t a Democrats vs. conservatives partisan issue. In fact, it’s one thing both sides oppose. But it’s good for local law enforcement officials, who see it as a lifeline for cash-strapped agencies who can profit from the seizures.

But congrats, Mr. Sessions, for getting both sides to agree on an important issue against you.

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