Sasse calls on DOJ to investigate its handling of wealthy sex offender's plea deal

Source: The Hill | December 5, 2018 | Justin Wise

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is calling on the the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into “possible misconduct” by its employees regarding treatment of alleged serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the request Monday in letters sent to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Director of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson.

“The fact that this monster received such a pathetically soft sentence is a travesty that should outrage us all,” Sasse wrote in his letter to Horowitz, according to a copy obtained by Axios, which first reported the content of the letters.

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“I am particularly disturbed by this reporting indicating that federal prosecutors went out of their way to arrange this sweetheart deal for Epstein and conceal it from the women and girls that he abused who could have objected to it, in apparent violation of federal law,” Sasse wrote in the letters.

“As such, I ask that you open an investigation into the instances identified in this reporting of possible misconduct by the DOJ employees that fall within the jurisdiction of your office,” he wrote, adding that the department should respond to his request by the end of the week.

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In 2007, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, struck a plea deal with Epstein that resulted in him receiving 13 months in county jail. Epstein, a wealthy Florida investor who pleaded guilty to two counts of prostitution in 2007, was facing life in prison for alleged sex trafficking and related crimes.

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The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Epstein reached a financial settlement in a long-running civl suit against him, meaning none of his alleged victims will testify in court.

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