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

Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Democratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer Dems ask Justice Dept to release findings of Acosta-Epstein investigation MORE (D-Va.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates 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 AcostaDems ask Justice Dept to release findings of Acosta-Epstein investigation The hoax is on us: Smollett exemplifies celebrity justice US Attorney's Office in Miami recuses itself from Epstein case 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 TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE and former President Clinton.