In 2007, ex-prosecutor Acosta confirmed poor judgment with intercourse felony Jeffrey Epstein, in line with the DOJ
Charges against Jeffery Epstein were announced in New York City on July 8, 2019. Epstein is charged with a number of minors' trafficking and a number of sexual trafficking conspiracies.
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An internal Justice Department investigation found that a senior federal attorney exercised "poor judgment" when he entered into a no-plea law enforcement contract with alleged child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2007, but concluded that the prosecution was not breaking the law or professional Had committed wrongdoing.
The Justice Department's Bureau of Occupational Responsibility report also found that former Miami chief attorney Alexander Acosta had completed the federal investigation of Epstein by that time "before any significant investigation was completed."
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Has beaten the Justice Department over his report on prosecutors, including Acosta, who resigned as Secretary of Labor last year after being outraged about the non-law enforcement treaty.
"It's not 'bad judgment' to let a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking – it's a disgusting failure," Sasse said in a statement.
"Americans should be angry. Jeffrey Epstein was supposed to rot behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein's victims every step of the way," said Sasse, chairman of the Senate Judicial Oversight Subcommittee.
The OPR investigation was opened after Sasse requested it in late 2018 after an explosive report of the non-prosecution agreement was published in the Miami Herald.
At the time of this 2007 treaty, Epstein, who was friends with President Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Britain's Prince Andrew and other wealthy people, was suspected of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In his agreement with Acosta, who was US attorney for South Florida at the time, Epstein pleaded guilty to crimes in Florida, including a crime related to paying an underage girl for sexual services.
In return, Acosta agreed not to prosecute Epstein or several alleged co-conspirators on federal charges of alleged sexual misconduct involving minors.
Epstein, who pleaded guilty to the state trial in 2008, only served 13 months in prison but spent hours every day off work being released from work. Because of his beliefs, he was registered as a sex offender.
The Justice Department said in a statement Thursday: "While OPR did not find that the ministry's lawyers had committed professional misconduct, OPR concluded that the victims were not treated with the openness and sensitivity the ministry expected."
"OPR also concluded that former US attorney Acosta was exercising poor judgment in deciding to resolve the federal investigation through the non-law enforcement treaty and when it failed to ensure that the state of Florida intended and that through the federal investigation identified victims through the state plea hearing, "the department said.
The Miami Herald in late 2018 had reported that at the time of the deal in 2007, Acosta had "agreed to keep the deal away from the victims, despite federal laws to the contrary."
"As a result, the non-law enforcement agreement was sealed until approved by the judge, thus averting any chance that the girls – or anyone else – could appear in court and try to derail them," the Herald reported in 2018.
Acosta resigned as Trump Department of Labor secretary after public reports of the deal sparked widespread outrage when federal prosecutors in New York accused Epstein, 66, of child trafficking.
The alleged crimes occurred in his Manhattan townhouse and mansion in Palm Beach from 2002 to 2006, during the time covered by the deal with Acosta.
Epstein died of what was officially classified as suicide while hanging in a federal prison in Manhattan awaiting trial in August 2019.
Sasse said the Justice Department's "crooked deal with Epstein effectively closed the investigation into his child trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states."
"The judiciary was not served. The full report must be made available to the public," said Sasse.
He added that the OPR "may have finalized its report, but we have a duty to make sure this never happens again."
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued a statement during a press briefing at the Department of Labor in Washington on July 10, 2019, regarding his involvement in a non-prosecution arrangement with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now charged with sex trafficking in underage girls.
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NBC News reported that Justice Department officials informed several Epstein victims of the results of the investigation at a meeting in Miami on Thursday.
The Justice Department said in its statement: "In order to fully respect the rights and dignity of Jeffrey Epstein's many victims, the Justice Department first invited the victims and their legal representatives to read up on the contents of the report this morning."
The department also said, "The Data Protection Act prohibits the department from making the full report publicly available, but allows the report to be shared upon request to a congressional committee responsible for the matter, and it has done so."
"We applaud the courage of the survivors who are faced again with these horrific crimes and their aftermath. The department will carefully examine the report that we have received on the implementation of the Law on the Rights of Victims of Crime and the Attorney General's Guidelines in support of Will inform victims and witnesses. "
In July, British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell was accused by federal prosecutors of facilitating Epstein's alleged sexual abuse of underage girls in the 1990s.
Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend and property manager, has denied allegations that she recruited and cared for girls for Epstein.
She is being detained in a federal prison in Brooklyn without ties. Your trial is planned for next year.