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Oversight chair calls on Acosta to testify amid Epstein scrutiny

The head of the House Oversight and Reform Committee is asking Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to testify amid scrutiny over his role overseeing a non-prosecution agreement for Jeffrey Epstein, who has been charged in a sex trafficking case.

Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who leads the panel's Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to Acosta inviting him to testify on July 23 about his "prosecution agreement" for Epstein from his time serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Under the agreement reached in 2008, Epstein spent 13 months in county jail. The Miami Herald reported on details of the case in an investigative series published last fall.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unsealed a fresh indictment that detailed a series of new charges against Epstein, a billionaire financier with various political ties.

The indictment alleges that between 2002 to 2005 he created “a network and operation enabling him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls,” and that he then also paid these victims cash to then recruit other underage girls for "sexual encounters." Prosecutors also claim Epstein knew these girls were underaged.

"Your testimony is even more critical now that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unsealed a new indictment earlier this week outlining a host of additional charges against Mr. Epstein, including luring dozens of teenage girls to his homes in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, and paying them to engage in sexual activity with him,” Cummings wrote, referring to Acosta.
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Daily Beast: Acosta, Who Cut Deal With Epstein, Tried to Slash Anti-Trafficking Program by 80 Percent

His proposal came under fire at the time from a congresswoman who noted his sweetheart deal with accused trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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Will be try to claim executive privilege? Asking for a friend..

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Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Will be try to claim executive privilege? Asking for a friend..
I don't see how he could. The activities in question occurred long before he was part of this administration.
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SLQ wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:15 pm
Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Will be try to claim executive privilege? Asking for a friend..
I don't see how he could. The activities in question occurred long before he was part of this administration.
I should have marked it as sarcasm :bighug:

But, not surprised if they try.

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Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:31 pm
SLQ wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:15 pm
Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Will be try to claim executive privilege? Asking for a friend..
I don't see how he could. The activities in question occurred long before he was part of this administration.
I should have marked it as sarcasm :bighug:

But, not surprised if they try.
:-D Me neither.
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Press conference today



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Acosta Defends Role in Brokering Epstein Plea Deal

WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Wednesday publicly defended his role in overseeing the prosecution of Jeffrey E. Epstein for sex crimes committed in Florida over a decade ago, bucking a growing chorus of Democratic calls for his resignation.

Mr. Acosta said he faced a tough choice between accepting a plea deal that was not as tough as he wished it would be and going to trial with witnesses who were scared to testify in what he described as “a roll of the dice” that might not result in a conviction and prison term.

“I wanted to help them,” Mr. Acosta said of the victims during a nationally televised news conference at the Labor Department headquarters. “That is why we intervened. And that’s what the prosecutors of my office did — they insisted that he go to jail and put the world on notice that he was and is a sexual predator.”

Mr. Acosta’s appearance before cameras was seen as a crucial test of whether he will keep his job, with an audience of one as President Trump watched and came to a decision. Mr. Acosta said he has spoken with Mr. Trump and believes he has his backing.

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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:40 pm

Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:31 pm
SLQ wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:15 pm
Kendra wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Will be try to claim executive privilege? Asking for a friend..
I don't see how he could. The activities in question occurred long before he was part of this administration.
I should have marked it as sarcasm :bighug:

But, not surprised if they try.
That's a problem with this administration. It's impossible to tell snark from reality any more. I seriously see trump ordering him not to testify using some form of that as an excuse.
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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:42 pm

I tried to listen to it in the car but had to turn it off. This story has enraged me beyond my usual hissy fits. (thank god for medical MJ).

What I heard, before I couldn't take it anymore, was, "Sure I let this serial rapist off with a slap on the wrist, but that was more than the other guy was going to do. You're welcome."
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Post by Foggy » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:04 pm

He was so concerned about the victims that he hid the deal from them. :sick:
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Post by AndyinPA » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:11 pm

Foggy wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:04 pm
He was so concerned about the victims that he hid the deal from them. :sick:
That was a big NO NO.

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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:13 pm

Wow, big and bad US Attorneys for the Southern District of Florida are afraid to go to trial.

Deplorable. Disgusting.
I love the poorly educated!!!

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Top Dems, rejecting Acosta's explanation for Epstein plea deal, renew calls for resignation

Top Democrats swiftly rejected Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's explanation on Wednesday for his handling of a 2008 plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein while in a state attorney's office in Florida. They reiterated calls for him to resign, even as the White House indicated it would stand by the embattled Cabinet official. ...

"Secretary Acosta had a chance to do right by Jeffrey Epstein’s victims," Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline wrote on Twitter. "He failed. Today’s press conference doesn’t change that. The only appropriate thing for him to do now is to resign."

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine agreed: "Acosta is trying to defend the indefensible. He put a monstrous predator above survivors of sexual abuse, and he’s got to go — period."

Kaine grilled Acosta on the matter during his confirmation hearing in 2017, asking Acosta, “Why cut a non-prosecution deal despite your staff saying you shouldn’t?” (Acosta replied that the move was, in fact, a "broadly held decision.")

And Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called the plea arrangement "immoral" and "unconscionable."

"Nothing said by Secretary Acosta at his press conference changes the verdict: he must go," Blumenthal said. "Despite his attempts to justify it, his unconscionable sweetheart deal w/sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein still stinks. This secret deal was immoral—a betrayal of young survivors and basic justice."

Speaking to reporters, Blumenthal added that the deal was "likely illegal" as well.
Adding:
HuffPo: Peter Wehner Has Chilling Theory For GOP Silence On Alex Acosta’s Deal With Jeffrey Epstein

“We have a president who is a sexual predator,” the longtime Republican insider said.
Daily Beast: Ex-Palm Beach State Attorney Says It Was Acosta’s ‘Secret Negotiations’ With Epstein Lawyers That Tanked Case
New Republic: Alexander Acosta’s Trumpian Non-Apology

The labor secretary botched the Jeffrey Epstein case a decade ago—then he botched his chance to admit his mistakes. His boss must be proud.

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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:10 am

Acosta resigned this morning.

This is from last night. (Not calling coinkydink, just wanting to keep the sequence clear.)

The Hill
House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta

House Democrats on Thursday called on the Department of Justice for a briefing on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s role in securing a plea deal for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, a dozen Democrats — including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.) — requested a briefing on “any related commission of professional misconduct” by Acosta, who was a U.S. attorney during the 2008 plea deal.

“We are abhorred by reports of Mr. Epstein’s repeated and longstanding sexual abuse of young girls,” the letter reads. “This despicable behavior constituted clear criminal activity that could have resulted in a lengthy sentence for Mr. Epstein had charges been vigorously pursued against him at the time."

“We believe it is of paramount importance that we learn the basis and rationale for the unusual plea deal,” the letter continues, adding that lawmakers have “serious misgivings about Secretary Acosta’s handling of the case and whether the Department fairly administered justice.”

Lawmakers requested a briefing and “any relevant documents” by July 24, the letter reads.

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The Hill
Democrat calls for congressional investigation into Epstein death

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) on Saturday called for a congressional investigation into the death of disgraced billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein after he reportedly died of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell.

“The death of Jeffrey #Epstein does not end the need for justice for his victims or the right of the public to know why a prolific child molester got a slap on the wrist instead of a long prison sentence,” Frankel tweeted.

“With the obvious end to criminal proceedings against Epstein, it is important that the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform begin its investigation.”

Epstein, who was arrested early last month, was in jail awaiting trial on allegations of trafficking dozens of minors for sex after previously accepting a plea deal in 2008 over similar accusations that landed him on the sex offender registry.
Also:
The Hill: FBI investigating Epstein death in Manhattan jail

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Axios
House Judiciary launches bipartisan investigation into Epstein death

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday launched a bipartisan investigation into the death of Jeffrey Epstein by apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail.

The big picture: In a letter to the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) demanded answers to 23 questions — most of which concern the conditions of the facility Epstein was kept in and the circumstances of his death. Attorney General Bill Barr, who earlier announced that the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general will also be investigating Epstein's death, said Monday that he was "appalled" by "serious irregularities" at the facility.
Adding:
Daily Beast: Congress Rushes to Respond to Epstein Death Before Conspiracies Take Over

“Where you have few facts, you have much speculation,” said Rep. Al Green (D-TX).
The Hill: House Judiciary leaders demand answers from Bureau of Prisons on Epstein death

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Democratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal

Members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus and its allies are calling for a pair of House panels to launch investigations into “the circumstances and facts” related to Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal following the alleged sex trafficker's apparent suicide over the weekend.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), the co-chair of the caucus, is collecting signatures for a letter calling for the House Oversight and Reform Committee as well as the Judiciary panel to investigate the plea deal made for the now-deceased billionaire who faced accusations of trafficking and molesting underage women, according to an email obtained by The Hill.

“Epstein’s case was first reviewed by the former State Attorney for Palm Beach County, Barry Krischer, and was ultimately disposed of through a highly unusual negotiated plea deal approved by the former-U.S. Attorney, and recently-departed Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. Several other U.S. Department of Justice officials also reportedly reviewed and approved the plea deal during the course of its negotiations and execution,” the Democratic letter states.

The letter — slated to be sent to Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Oversight ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) — also calls for the committees to consider “providing the victims a forum to be heard if they so desire.”

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The Hill
GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation

Republican Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on Thursday called on Attorney General William Barr to make public the results of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s death public.

Barr announced Saturday that he had directed the FBI and the DOJ inspector general to investigate Epstein’s apparent suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan over the weekend, which came while he awaited trial on sex trafficking and abuse charges.

“We fully support your call for a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s death. True accountability, however, especially for the victims of Mr. Epstein, requires full transparency,” Johnson and Grassley wrote in a letter to the attorney general.

“For that reason, we ask for your commitment to make the results of the FBI and IG investigations public as soon as they are completed,” they added, also requesting the DOJ keep them appraised of any progress the investigation makes along the way.

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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:23 pm

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Justice Department responds to Congress on Epstein suicide

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department told lawmakers Friday that Jeffrey Epstein had been placed on suicide watch in July, but was later removed after a psychologist at the Metropolitan Correctional Center determined it "was no longer warranted."

The official confirmation of the move came in a letter sent Friday afternoon to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee that shed little new light on the ongoing investigations into any mistakes or mismanagement at the Manhattan facility where Epstein hanged himself earlier this month though it provided several details about how the federal prison system deals with inmates considered at risk of suicide.

"In (Bureau of Prisons) facilities, suicide watch is typically a short-term and highly restrictive intervention measure," Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote in the letter, which was obtained by CNN.

"Upon the termination of a suicide watch, the psychologist will make recommendations to support the inmate's safe management, such as housing with a cellmate or participation in treatment interventions," Boyd wrote.

Epstein's in-custody death drew rare bipartisan opprobrium from Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York and Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican on the committee, respectively, who listed nearly two dozen questions about the conditions at the Manhattan Correctional Center and slammed "severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol" in a letter to the then-acting head of the Bureau of Prisons.

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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:26 am

Has anyone mentioned the possibility that the first suicide attempt wasn't really? I know there was some chatter that it may have been an attack by another inmate but I don't remember ever seeing anything definitive one way or the other. If they did decide it was an attack, would that have warranted taking him off suicide watch and leaving him in a cell with no cellmate? Leaving out that possibility, and ignoring all the conspiracy theories, that leaves a perfect storm of a long line of people who fucked up, beginning with the psychologist and warden and flowing all the way down to the over worked and sleepy guards who were working the same area on the same shift.

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Post by Slim Cognito » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:02 am

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:26 am
Has anyone mentioned the possibility that the first suicide attempt wasn't really? I know there was some chatter that it may have been an attack by another inmate but I don't remember ever seeing anything definitive one way or the other. If they did decide it was an attack, would that have warranted taking him off suicide watch and leaving him in a cell with no cellmate? Leaving out that possibility, and ignoring all the conspiracy theories, that leaves a perfect storm of a long line of people who fucked up, beginning with the psychologist and warden and flowing all the way down to the over worked and sleepy guards who were working the same area on the same shift.
If what I've read (and remembered) is correct, Epstein and his attorneys described the first *attempt* as an attack by the cellmate, although the cellmate claimed credit for his rescue, having been awakened by a rat in the cell and finding Epstein on the floor. But, as far as I can tell, nothing was done to said cellmate as punishment so not sure how seriously officials took it.

Just my arrogant opinion, but I believe it was, indeed, the perfect storm of lazy* administrative officials and overworked guards. It's almost as if they were starstruck by his celebrity and gave him favorable, and highly inappropriate, treatment (again).

*and when I say "lazy" I don't mean it as in trump is too lazy to walk the golf course. I mean professionally lazy, as in I'm going to look the other way because it's too much trouble to keep tabs on the highest profile prisoner in the country.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:53 am

re that first alleged suicide attempt: there were reports of marks at his neck area. I wonder if Epstein thought he could self suffocate himself. Is so his hands would have lost the grip as soon as he fell unconcious well before being cut off from air. I think it needs some serious force for strangulation to occur.

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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:04 am

New York Times
Barr Seized on Epstein Case as Doubts Mounted About Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr was at home in his study, working on a speech, when the call came from his chief of staff: Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking who had connections to an array of political power players, had died in federal prison.

Mr. Barr immediately knew that he would be engulfed in a scandal. The prison had promised to keep Mr. Epstein under constant surveillance until he could be tried on charges of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. With his accusers now robbed of their day in court, the Justice Department, which oversees the Bureau of Prisons, looked incompetent at best. And as Mr. Barr scrambled for answers, unfounded conspiracy theories took root, casting an additional pall over the matter and threatening the public’s faith in the department.

Over multiple briefings an hour, Mr. Barr spent that Saturday angrily grilling his deputies. He directed the F.B.I. to investigate Mr. Epstein’s apparent suicide and the department’s inspector general to look for lapses in protocol. After the Bureau of Prisons confirmed the death and the F.B.I. inquiry that morning, Mr. Barr issued a statement, surprising officials who believed the bureau would have the last word. “Mr. Epstein’s death,” he said, “raises serious questions that must be answered.”

Attorneys general rarely follow up on inmate deaths, but Mr. Barr has continued to bird dog the investigation into how one as high-profile as Mr. Epstein could have died in federal care, evidence of how serious the matter is for the Justice Department. This account of his search for answers is based on interviews with six people involved in the investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal department discussions.

Mr. Barr is personally overseeing the four federal inquiries into the matter and is briefed on them multiple times a day. In less than two weeks, he suspended the two prison employees who guarded Mr. Epstein the night he died, transferred the warden and found a new permanent director for the Bureau of Prisons. He stayed apprised of the autopsy and was alerted that the coroner would officially rule the death a suicide. And federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed more than a dozen prison officials and employees as the fast-moving investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death intensifies.

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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:15 pm

Miami Herald - Julie K. Brown
Democrats call for full investigation of Justice Department’s deal with Jeffrey Epstein

Democratic members of Congress requested Friday that Attorney General William Barr order an investigation into his own department’s handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, focusing on the deal Epstein received to escape meaningful punishment 10 years ago.

The lawmakers sent a letter to Attorney General Barr Friday, saying the department’s ongoing inspector general investigation should not limit itself to how the multimillionaire financier was able to wind up dead in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial.

“Limiting the scope of an independent inquiry solely into his death is grossly inadequate, and would ignore the various DOJ officials who have allowed this serial pedophile to escape true justice for more than a decade,” said the letter, signed by Florida U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lois Frankel, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Ted Deutch, and Reps. Jackie Speier of California and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

The main Justice Department official referenced in the letter is Alexander Acosta, who was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida when Epstein was first investigated on allegations of sexually trafficking dozens of underage girls at his waterfront estate in Palm Beach.

After preparing a 53-page draft indictment that could have put away Epstein for life, Acosta shelved the charges, allowing Epstein to plead to relatively minor charges in state court in Palm Beach County and serve a short jail term.

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