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 SasseOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaDOJ opens investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case Sasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal Accusers won't testify for now against wealthy sex offender: report 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."