Justice Department opens probe into Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s function in negotiating a controversial plea deal with a rich New York investor accused of molesting greater than 100 underage ladies in Palm Beach.

The probe is in response to a request by Sen. Ben Sasse, a a Nebraska Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who raised questions in regards to the case following a collection of tales within the Miami Herald. The Herald articles detailed how Acosta, then the U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of Florida, and different DOJ attorneys labored hand-in-hand with protection attorneys to chop a lenient plea deal with multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

The Herald’s three-part collection, Perversion of Justice,’ was cited by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd in his letter to Sasse. DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility will head the investigation, he mentioned.

“OPR has now opened an investigation into allegations that Department attorneys could have dedicated skilled misconduct within the method during which the Epstein prison matter was resolved,’’ wrote Boyd within the letter dated Wednesday.