The Justice Department held a meeting with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein today to give them a first look at an investigative report into the financier’s 2007 secret plea deal. A victim’s lawyer told the Daily Beast that the federal government determined that federal prosecutors in Miami did not violate any laws or policies when they refused to prosecute Epstein.
About 30 victims and their lawyers met at the FBI office in Miramar, Fla., For a three-hour briefing on the DOJ’s investigation into the controversial no-prosecution agreement that protected Epstein’s accomplices from a federal indictment in Florida.
Jack Scarola, an attorney for Epstein victims, told The Daily Beast that the DOJ’s Professional Liability Office investigated five federal prosecutors as part of the investigation and found that none of them violated the departmental law or regulation or policy. The only official named, however, was former US attorney Alex Acosta.
The 300-page report – which resulted from 60 interviews, of which only five were sworn – will be handed to two US senators.
“The standard of review that the OPR applies is limited to determining whether a clearly established law, rule, regulation or policy has been intentionally or recklessly violated,” said Scarola. “The conclusion of the investigation, which focused on five federal prosecutors, was that none of the federal prosecutors did anything that met this standard.
“Acosta did not commit any violations, but he did what has been described as serious errors in judgment,” Scarola added.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), chairman of the Senate judicial review subcommittee, issued a statement after the meeting, demanding that the full DOJ report be made public: “Leave a billionaire well connected Getting away with child rape and international sex trafficking is not “bad judgment” – it is a disgusting failure. Americans should be furious. Jeffrey Epstein is expected to rot behind bars today, but the Justice Department has let Epstein’s victims down at every turn. DOJ’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively ended investigations into his child sex trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states. Justice has not been served. “
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