DOJ Opens Investigation Into Alex Acosta’s Role in Underage Sex Plea Deal
The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether its attorneys -- which were led by now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta -- “may have committed professional misconduct” negotiating a controversial plea deal in the case involving millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in Palm Beach -- a federal investigation identified 36 underage victims. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent the DOJ a letter demanding a probe into the Department’s handling of the Epstein case. Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, cut Epstein a lenient deal where he pleaded to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial. Epstein had faced life in prison on sex trafficking charges. This all comes after an investigation by the Miami Herald revealed the details of the agreement that Acosta made with the politically connected multimillionaire. More here.