How the Department of Justice handled the case against multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein is at the center of an investigation launched by Sen. Ben Sasse.
The Nebraska Republican has long pressed the DOJ to investigate the way it handled the case of the child rapist who, due to a very generous 2008 plea deal, only served 13 months in jail after being convicted of soliciting sex with girls as young as 14, according to Fox News.
“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, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.
“The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation – and so do the American people and the members of law enforcement who work to put these kinds of monsters behind bars,” he added. “Parents should be grateful for the men and women at the DOJ who are committed to transparency and accountability and for the soon-to-be Attorney General who is committed to pursuing justice.”
The DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility informed Sasse in a letter that it was opening the investigation of the deal partly negotiated by then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alex Acosta, who is now Secretary of Labor.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 6, 2019
The letter, signed by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, said that an investigation had been opened “into allegations that Department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Epstein criminal matter was resolved. OPR will thoroughly investigate the allegations of misconduct that have been raised and, consistent with its practice, will share its results with you at the conclusion of its investigation as appropriate.”
Epstein, a wealthy financier with ties to the Clintons, allegedly operated his sex ring at his New York residence, his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida and a private island.
.@JudicialWatch sued for Secret Service records for Bill Clinton’s alleged trips with Epstein. No records found, as I recall. https://t.co/qnD8PUvVZn
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 6, 2019
And while the convicted sex offender had high-profile connections, with records indicating that former President Bill Clinton took dozens of trips aboard Epstein’s private jet, another name connected to the case should raise many eyebrows.
One America News Network’s Jack Posobiec noted that special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, was “well-known for his special deals.”
Did You Know:
In 2005, Jeffrey Epstein was under an 11-month investigation while Mueller ran the FBI
40 underage girls alleged Epstein assaulted them
After Epstein gave information to Mueller, federal charges were never filed against him
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) February 6, 2019
Posobiac noted that 40 underage girls gave accounts of Epstein’s sexual abuse to the FBI which was under Mueller’s watch at the time.
OAN: Mueller has a history of special deals for child porn producers and pedophiles pic.twitter.com/QdjsxVHF2J
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) February 7, 2019
Detailing Mueller’s special deals in cases such as Epstein’s, Posobiac argued that legitimate questions arise about the special counsel’s bias in his ongoing investigation of Russian collusion and the Trump campaign.
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