DOJ opens investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case

DOJ opens investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has opened an investigation into its attorneys’ handling of a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of molesting more than 100 girls in Florida.

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseFCC votes to bar use of its funds to purchase Huawei, ZTE equipment Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition MORE (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) launched the probe, according to a letter he received from DOJ.

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“OPR has now opened an investigation into allegations that Department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Epstein matter was resolved,” the DOJ wrote.

Sasse pressed the DOJ following a bombshell Miami Herald report in November that said Epstein, a Palm Beach millionaire, was offered a plea deal sentencing him to 13 months after he was accused of running a sex ring that trafficked teenage girls.

In the deal, Epstein, who has been linked to President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE and former President Clinton, pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges, while he and “any potential co-conspirators’’ were given immunity from further prosecution.

U.S. 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, who at the time was a federal prosecutor, was involved with the deal from more than a decade ago, the Herald reported.

"Jeffrey Epstein is a child rapist and there’s not a single mom or dad in America who shouldn’t be horrified by the fact that he received a pathetically soft sentence,” Sasse said in a statement Wednesday. “The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation – and so do the American people."