AP: DOJ concludes Jeffrey Epstein’s ’08 sweetheart deal
UPDATED 2:18 PM PT – Thursday, November 12, 2020
Alex Acosta, President Trump’s ex labor secretary, will reportedly not face charges related to the government’s 2008 sweetheart deal given to Jeffrey Epstein.
On Thursday, the DOJ allegedly concluded its probe and decided Acosta, who oversaw the conviction, merely exercised poor judgment but did not break the law.
Sen. Sasse (R) on DOJ saying Trump’s ex-Labor Sec. Alex Acosta exercised “poor judgment” on Epstein:
“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape & international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ – it is a disgusting failure. Americans ought to be enraged.” pic.twitter.com/h1MbmDGo5o
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 12, 2020
Senator Ben Sasse relayed the news and called the decision “a disgusting failure,” adding “justice has not been served.” The DOJ has not commented on the decision.
At the time, authorities had ample evidence of Epstein’s widespread child trafficking but only charged him with abuse of a single underage victim. He was given 13 months in prison with a work-release program which allowed him to leave prison most days.