The Justice Department investigation takes no action against prosecutors who oversee the Epstein deal

A Department of Justice investigation found that federal prosecutors overseeing a controversial non-prosecution deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 exercised “poor judgment”, but the law was not broken, Sen. Ben Sasse said on Thursday.

The announcement was followed by an investigation into the conduct of former federal government lawyers by the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility, including former Labor Secretary Alex Nosta.

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sexual trafficking ‘is not a bad decision” – it’s a disgusting failure, “said mother-in-law, R-Neb.” Americans should be offended. “

The Department of Justice has not yet released its statement on the findings of the investigation. A spokesman for the FBI, which investigated the case, declined to comment.

Prosecutors noted allegations that Epstein abused dozens of teenage girls in his West Palm Beach mansion in the early 2000s. He eventually pleaded guilty to state charges for involving the same victim in a settlement that ended federal sex crimes investigations and ended the possibility of sentencing Epstein to several years in prison.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaks at the Labor Department in Washington on July 10, 2019.Alex Brandon / AP

Acosta was then the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He resigned as Labor Secretary to President Trump last year amid renewed investigations into the case.

Epstein eventually served 13 months in prison and was allowed to leave almost every day through the work schedule. The politically connected financier died by committing suicide inside a federal prison last year when he was tried on new sex trafficking charges.

In early Thursday, Justice Department officials briefed several Epstein victims on the findings of the investigation at a meeting in Miami, three people familiar with the matter told BBC News.

Two other federal investigations involving Epstein continue.

New York federal prosecutors are still investigating Epstein’s sex trafficking network. His longtime confidant, Gisleen Maxwell, is accused of recruiting and grooming girls under the age of 14 for Epstein.

The Inspector General of the Department of Justice is investigating the circumstances of Epstein’s death inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

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