Skip to comments.Sasse calls on DOJ to 'rip up' Epstein nonprosecution deal to bring 'co-conspirators to justice'
Posted on 08/13/2019 12:45:53 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Tuesday urged Attorney General William Barr to "rip up" a 2008 nonprosecution deal for disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, arguing that the Justice Department must bring his co-conspirators to justice in wake of his death.
"The victims of Epsteins international sex trafficking ring deserve justice," Sasse, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary oversight subcommittee, wrote in a letter to Barr on Tuesday.
"In order to bring Epsteins co-conspirators to justice, the Department of Justice should rip up the non-prosecution, non-investigation agreement entered into by Epstein and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Florida in 2008," he continued.
Epstein, who was arrested last month, died by apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last Saturday, federal officials said. His death came while he was awaiting a trial on allegations that he had trafficked dozens of minors for sex.
The financier's arrest last month had sparked intense scrutiny surrounding a plea agreement he reached with a U.S. Attorney's office in Florida in 2008. The Miami Herald reported last year that Epstein originally faced an indictment for sex trafficking and related crimes.
But Epstein was able to avoid federal charges under a deal where he pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges. He served 13 months in jail and registered as a sex offender.
Former Trump Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after drawing scrutiny over his role in negotiating the plea deal for Epstein.
"This agreement should shock the conscience of anyone familiar with its details," Sasse said in the letter. "The crooked deal cannot stand."
The letter represents the second time in less than a week that Sasse has reached out to Barr about Epstein's death. The Nebraska senator expressed outrage over the weekend, saying that "heads must roll" over Epstein's apparent suicide.
"The Department of Justice failed, and today Jeffrey Epsteins co-conspirators think they might have just gotten one last sweetheart deal, Sasse wrote in a separate letter.
Barr has said that the Justice Department would investigate serious irregularities at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein died.
Sasse has his own skeletons in his closet... I don’t trust him.
how many more guilty people must die...
let’s just end this charade now.
Is this Sasse, getting something right once every decade?
Sasse has his own skeletons in his closet... I dont trust him.
He’s up for reelection next year. I expect him to be primaried.
He's willing to speak out on the issue.
Does he not deserve our support and encouragement in holding people accountable?
I would hope we could put aside personal issues while we have the opportunity to expose crime and corruption.
Sasse votes with Trump 85.4% of the time:
It’s not his voting it’s his big mouth. But his voting record is what will probably get him re-elected. People from small states like Nebraska like it when their Senator speaks out and increases their visibility.
They made a deal, they should keep the deal. How slimy is Sasse that he calls for this?
You can’t rip up a signed deal. It was a stupid deal. He served his time according to terms.
Sir Sass-A-Lot is a day late and a dollar short.
Sasse is an Ass. I agree, I don’t trust him. GO AWAY.
So if McClellan disobeys Grant's direct orders 15.6% of the time, what does his 85.4% compliance record earn him?
I think we're in a new civil war now, cold phase. So keeping rank matters, and we don't have it. But I admire those who do keep rank, and disdain those who don't.
Sasse will be re-elected mostly due to the state (R) establishment kiboshing any challengers. My opinion only, of course.
I believe a guy in Lincoln has announced his plan to run for the seat.
Expect B S to have some comment about any and every issue that makes it to the national MSM broadcasts.
Not all of us think very highly of Sasse the Ass.
We’re not looking to be noticed because of our senator spouts the right B.S. every so often.
Visibility encourages the scumbags as well as desireables. We don’t need any more progressives here.
You are right that people should be held accountable.
I am not sure grandstanding by Sasse is the way to accomplish that.
Let’s see.....2008. Who was running the FBI and CIA and DOJ then...and just previous.
They will easily find Epstein broke or breached the terms of the deal. Heads will roll. I am putting as much pressure as possible on my Congressman and Senators asking for continued investigations of any and all associates of Epstein.
George W. Bush's administration. (Obama was elected in 2008, but didn't take office until 2009).
I agree with Senator Sasse on this.
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