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 SasseSenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial On The Money: Senate panel advances Trump's new NAFTA despite GOP gripes | Trade deficit falls to three-year low | Senate confirms Trump pick for small business chief Senate panel advances Trump's new NAFTA despite GOP gripes 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 TrumpTrump says US has coronavirus 'totally under control' Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution 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 AcostaFlorida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The 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 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."