Dems ask Justice Dept to release findings of Acosta-Epstein investigation

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador MORE (D-Va.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Wash.) on Friday wrote a letter requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) release findings of its investigation into whether Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFeds face mounting pressure over Epstein's death Sasse calls on DOJ to 'rip up' Epstein nonprosecution deal to bring 'co-conspirators to justice' FBI searches Jeffrey Epstein's home in Virgin Islands MORE "committed professional misconduct" in his handling of the criminal case of Florida financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

The two argue that Epstein's non-prosecution plea agreement, which Acosta helped broker as a federal prosecutor, is a matter of public interest, according to a letter published in full by NBC News


"As new information continues to be revealed, it has become ever clearer that the non-prosecution agreement was a miscarriage of justice and that the victims and the public deserve a full accounting of how this matter was handled by the attorneys at DOJ," they wrote.

"Accordingly, we ask that once OPR [the Office of Professional Responsibility] has concluded its investigation into the handling of the Epstein matter, it publish all of its findings without delay." they added. 

Murray and Kaine said in the letter that the OPR has indicated that it would share the results "as appropriate" but hasn't committed to disclosing the full report. The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department for comment. 

After multiple underage girls accused him of sexual assault more than a decade ago, Epstein pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and was sentenced to serve 13 months in prison, The Miami Herald reported. Epstein and his co-conspirators were also given further immunity.

A federal judge ruled earlier this year that prosecutors, including Acosta, violated the law because they did not speak to victims before offering Epstein a plea deal.

It has been reported that Epstein is friends with President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE and former President Clinton.