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

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine2020 debates complicate Senate plans for vote on Trump's war authority Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Senate GOP to defeat proposal requiring approval for Iran attack MORE (D-Va.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' 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 AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaMaking the promise of mental health parity a reality 19 AGs oppose Trump admin's narrowing of 'joint employer' status Top aide to Labor secretary to leave amid friction with White House 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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE and former President Clinton.