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Ben Sasse Asks Justice Department to Investigate Itself on Jeffrey Epstein

Do you agree with Ben Sasse's request?

by Axios | Updated on 12.5.18

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Judiciary Committee, has asked the Justice Department to investigate its treatment of multimillionaire serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Why it matters: Infuriated by a bombshell Miami Herald investigative series on Epstein's crimes — which highlighted the sweetheart deal Epstein's lawyers got from Miami's then-top prosecutor Alexander Acosta (now Trump's labor secretary) — Sasse sent three letters to senior Justice officials on Monday, asking them to open investigations into possible misconduct of federal officials who handled the Epstein case.

Details: Sasse sent letters to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz (embedded below), and the Director of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson.

What he's saying:

  • "The fact that this monster received such a pathetically soft sentence is a travesty that should outrage us all," Sasse wrote to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
  • "I am particularly disturbed by this reporting indicating that federal prosecutors went out of their way to arrange this sweetheart deal for Epstein and conceal it from the women and girls that he abused who could have objected to it, in apparent violation of federal law."
  • "We need answers about this epic miscarriage of justice," Sasse wrote. (Axios obtained the three letters Sasse sent to the Justice Department.)

Between the lines: Epstein has paid handsomely to silence his victims. On Tuesday, Epstein settled the civil lawsuit brought by an attorney for some of his alleged victims just before the jury selection was about to begin. Epstein has managed, for now, to keep these accusers from telling their stories in court. But the story isn't going away.

The backdrop: 15 Democratic members of Congress, led by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), sent a letter to Horowitz on Friday, asking him to investigate how Acosta approved the deal. (Acosta was briefly a long-shot contender to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, but following the Miami Herald report, White House officials have been telling people that Acosta is no longer in the running.)

  • While he was allegedly having sex with teenage girls, Epstein cultivated friendly relationships with America's elites, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Alan Dershowitz.
  • Alan Dershowitz told Axios he's still advising Jeffrey Epstein and that he “had a therapeutic massage with an old old Russian” at Epstein’s house but from nobody underaged.

The Department of Justice declined Axios' request for comment.

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  • J. scott
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    I don’t see a problem here with the investigation as described in the description of what will actually transpire. The question implies that an organization will investigate itself. In fact the Inspector General’s Office will investigate and provide their findings, which in fact is what they are supposed to do and have done I’m thinking for at least a century. Also, an IG investigation does not preclude other investigations after their investigation concludes. This is in no way a self investigation.

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  • Robert
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    12/05/2018
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    I don’t agree with anything Ben Sasse says or does. Useless RINO.

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  • Tim and tess
    12/06/2018
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    Are you not allowing a non-remorseful pediphile remain free just because he can buy off his victims and the law? How about protecting his future victims because he will continue his lifestyle.

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  • TrulyTexan
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    And once you have Epstein back on the stand, ask him about all the drugged little girls he provided for trump.

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  • Maritza
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    Child molesters should go to jail for life.

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  • Karen
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    We all know 'money talks' relating to Bill Cosby and Jeffrey Epstein. Justice for the wealthy is different than justice for middle class and poor people. We pay for our crimes (prisons are full) but the wealthy get little (if any) punishment. I agree with Ben Sasse.

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  • Lori
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    This is abhorrent. Please get answers. These women need to have their voices heard.

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  • Yahtzee
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    I’d ask Washington State legislators to stop rampant political corruption like this, but they’d probably feel pretty hypocritical doing anything

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  • Marc
    Voted Agree
    12/06/2018
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    They should also investigate the current labor secretary

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  • Devo.1
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    No excuses for child abuse. None. Molesters and abusers need immediate death penalty.

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  • Joel
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    Jeffrey Epstein is a legend among pedophiles. Lock him up along with anyone who help cut a sweetheart sentencing deal for him.

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  • Abbi
    Voted Agree
    12/06/2018
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    I’m so sick of rich people being able to buy their way out of prison. Epstein preyed upon children, he needs to BURIED in prison! Investigate everyone that let his escape justice. You know he will victimize more.

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  • Marylynn
    Voted Agree
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    Jeffrey Epstein should be behind bars for life and he's not because his attorney got him a deal like no other. How this happened is beyond me and everyone involved should be investigated.

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  • John
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    Put this predator away forever! Put anyone who enabled, looked the other way or went easy on him in prison forever, also.

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  • Eunice
    Voted Agree
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    A criminal investigation should be carried out. This man should have the death penalty for what he did over the course of many years to under-age girls.

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  • Christopher
    Voted Agree
    12/05/2018
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    It’s absurd how the Government yielded to an obvious case of sex trafficking by a wealthy individual. It could be anyone’s child so reopen this investigation before it happens again.

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  • S
    Voted Agree
    12/06/2018
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    What was given to get the feds to sign off on a slap on the wrist for a sexual deviant and predator who today continues to defy his legal requirements? That was not done for free. Acosta got something in return. Money? Girls? Property? Who is being protected? Republicans proved through Roy Moore that pedophilia was no bar to Republican endorsement and support. Now they have ramped that up to prove that those of them who make deals with sexual deviants can attain Cabinet positions. Acosta needs to go. What he did is criminal and in my mind makes him a participant in those deviant activities and an accomplice by violating the rights of the victims and to deliberately hide it. The pay off must have been enormous. Was Acosta a participant? Was this done to protect himself? There was and is something evil in this set up. Keep digging Miami Herald reporters!

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  • Christine
    Voted Agree
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    Alex Acosta is DISGUSTINGLY CORRUPT. Investigation absolutely necessary.

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  • Sandra
    Voted Agree
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    We have all been appalled by the stories of atrocities committed by the Emperors of ancient Rome....the reports we have heard about the debauched behavior of some of the very wealthy in our country is just as bad, if not worse. These ruthless unfettered people MUST be held accountable for these despicable acts....ANYONE who casts a blind eye is complicit...it's that simple and in a democracy NO ONE is supposed to be above the law.

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  • Andrew
    Voted Agree
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    An investigation of the circumstances involved in this apparent sweetheart deal need to be addressed.

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