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Justice Department defends 'emergency powers' request during coronavirus outbreak

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department on Sunday defended its request to Congress for certain 'emergency powers' to overcome challenges of pursuing and prosecuting cases amidst closures and other obstacles created by the coronavirus outbreak.According to a document obtained by CNN over the weekend, the Justice Department submitted a multitude of legislative proposals to Congress in order to deal with the virus and its impact on the judicial system. Among the proposals, the Justice Department is seeking the suspension of the statute of limitations while the country is in a state of emergency, video teleconferencing for preliminary hearings to limit the spread of the virus and priority virus testing for federal agents and trainees at Virginia ...