Another skeleton in the Clintons’ closet is coming back to bite them.
According to a report from The Hill, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an internal investigation into possible mishandling of the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire hedge fund manager with ties to former President Bill Clinton who was accused of molesting more than 100 young girls.
OPR investigation into DOJ misconduct
The Hill report cited a letter sent to Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who recently pressed the DOJ to answer certain questions related to the allegations against Epstein and a reported “non-prosecution” immunity deal that was reached between Epstein and U.S. attorneys.
In the letter to Sasse, the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) reported that it had opened “an investigation into allegations that Department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Epstein matter was resolved.”
OPR also noted that Sasse would be informed of the results upon the conclusion of a thorough investigation — one that Sasse hopes won’t be taken lightly.
“Jeffrey Epstein is a child rapist and there’s not a single mom or dad in America who shouldn’t be horrified by the fact that he received a pathetically soft sentence,” Sasse said. “The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation — and so do the American people.”
Scandalous plea deal for Epstein
Sasse first pressed the DOJ for answers following a series of bombshell articles from The Miami Herald that delved deep into the Epstein matter in late 2018.
The primary focus of those articles was a special plea deal reached in 2007 between Epstein’s lawyers and the DOJ attorneys on the case, at that time led by Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who now serves as secretary of Labor in the Trump administration.
The arrangement involved Epstein pleading guilty to two prostitution-related counts that netted him a mere 13 months in a county jail, a stunning deal for a man accused of hosting sex parties and sexually abusing a sex-cult-style network of around 100 young or underage women in both his Palm Beach, FL, mansion as well as islands in the Caribbean — accusations that could have landed him in federal prison for the rest of his life.
But as part of the deal, Epstein and his associates received blanket immunity for any federal charges they and “any potential co-conspirators” — including high-profile allies who could have been involved — were issued.
The plea deal also halted the then-Robert Mueller-led FBI’s investigation of Epstein.
Meanwhile, though Epstein may not be tried again on these criminal charges, the Herald reported that many of the billionaire’s victims are in the process of filing civil suits.