NO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION

U.S. Department of Justice


There was no mention of a Justice Department in the U.S. Constitution when it was ratified on June 21, 1788. Nor was there any mention of a Justice Department in the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments) which were ratified December 15, 1791. Nor was there any mention of a Justice Department for the next 5 amendments --- up to the 15th Amendment "Black Suffrage", which was ratified on February 3, 1870.

 

The U.S. survived 82 years without a Department of Justice.

 

The U.S. Constitution grants various "powers" --- Article 1, Section 8, grants Congress the power "To raise and support Armies ..."  and "To provide and maintain a Navy". NOTHING in the Constitution grants the authority to any department to enforce any of those "powers".

 

U.S. Supreme Court Orders, valid Congressional Subpoenas, etc., have no clear enforcement powers. The U.S. Department of Justice did not exist until it was signed into Law by the 18th President of the United States --- Ulysses S. Grant on June 22, 1870 --- after the Civil War.

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