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

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineLawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate MORE (D-Va.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Biz groups say Warren labor plan would be disaster Freedom of the press under fire in Colorado 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 AcostaThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena Sanders calls Eugene Scalia's Labor Dept. confirmation 'obscene' 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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE and former President Clinton.