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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:56 pm

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Justice Department opens probe into Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s role in negotiating a controversial plea deal with a wealthy New York investor accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in Palm Beach.

The probe is in response to a request by Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who was critical of the case following a series of stories in the Miami Herald. The Herald articles detailed how Acosta, then the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida, and other DOJ attorneys worked hand-in-hand with defense lawyers to cut a lenient plea deal with multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

The Herald’s three-part series, Perversion of Justice, was cited by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd in his letter to Sasse. DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility will head the investigation, he said.

“OPR has now opened an investigation into allegations that department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct in the manner in which the Epstein criminal matter was resolved,’’ wrote Boyd in the letter dated Wednesday.

Acosta, 50, had been considered a rising star in the Republican Party and was once mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He did not respond to a request for comment emailed to his office on Wednesday. ...

The Office of Professional Responsibility, which acts much like a police department’s internal affairs division, is notoriously secretive with its probes, and they rarely become public, she said. But with Sasse and other lawmakers calling for the investigation, DOJ may be under pressure to be more transparent with its findings.



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:26 pm

Fox news has this extra twist
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has opened an investigation into a generous plea bargain awarded in 2007 by a top Florida prosecutor -- who now serves as President Trump's secretary of labor -- to a wealthy, Clinton-connected financier and sex offender accused of abusing underage sex slaves.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-op ... ey-epstein



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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:38 pm

I'm behind the times with this story. I'm reading the "Perversion of Justice" series from November in the Herald. Simply shocking.



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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:23 am

So is Alan Dershowitz still caught up in this?



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Post by fierceredpanda » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:29 am

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:23 am
So is Alan Dershowitz still caught up in this?
Not with respect to an OPR investigation that just opened. He wasn't a DOJ employee. OPR doesn't investigate sleazy defense attorneys.


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RTH10260 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:26 pm
Fox news has this extra twist
The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has opened an investigation into a generous plea bargain awarded in 2007 by a top Florida prosecutor -- who now serves as President Trump's secretary of labor -- to a wealthy Clinton-connected financier who, along with good friend Donald Trump, hosted multiple parties to recruit "models," and sex offender accused of abusing underage sex slaves.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/doj-op ... ey-epstein
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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:43 am

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DOJ opens investigation into Alexander Acosta plea deal ...

Although nearly all of the key details of the plea bargain were known to senators at the time Acosta was confirmed as labor secretary, the strikingly lenient arrangement, under which Epstein served slightly more than one year and enjoyed daily furloughs to his office, received new scrutiny this year when the Miami Herald published a lengthy reexamination of the case.

“For more than a decade, this prosecution has been reviewed in great detail by newspaper articles, television reports, books, and congressional testimony,” a Labor Department spokesperson said in a statement. “Department of Justice leadership, likewise, reviewed the matter at the time, and the Department has continued to defend the Southern District of Florida’s actions across three administrations and several attorneys general on the grounds that the actions taken were in accordance with Department practices, procedures, and the law.“ ...

The disclosure comes a week after DOJ‘s Inspector General declined to investigate Acosta’s role, saying his office lacked jurisdiction over “matters involving allegations of misconduct relating to DOJ attorneys' handling of litigation or legal decisions.”

Acosta has said he and his attorneys face intimidation by Epstein’s all-star legal team, which included Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated the Lewinsky scandal in the 1990s.

Acosta wrote in 2011 that the full extent of Epstein’s sexual abuse, and alleged sexual abuse, of underage girls wasn't known at the time he struck the plea deal.



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BREAKING: Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules https://hrld.us/2XgoWpN
A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors — among them, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with a wealthy, politically connected sex trafficker and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said that the evidence he reviewed showed that Jeffrey Epstein had been operating an international sex operation in which he and others recruited underage girls — not only in Florida — but from overseas, in violation of federal law.
The crux of the ruling is that the secret plea violated the victims' right to appear at Epstein's sentencing to request that the judge reject the plea.

The judge gave the government and the victims 15 days to come up with a resolution, but didn't specify what. The article notes that the statute of limitations has not (and cannot, because there is none) run in some jurisdictions, so referral for more prosecutions may be in the works.


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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:17 pm

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Breaking: Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules

A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors — among them, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta— broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with a wealthy, politically connected sex trafficker and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said that the evidence he reviewed showed that Jeffrey Epstein had been operating an international sex operation in which he and others recruited underage girls — not only in Florida — but from overseas, in violation of federal law.

“Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him.,’’ wrote Marra, who is based in Palm Beach County. “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.’’

Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Epstein, who lived in a Palm Beach mansion, was allowed to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served just 13 months in the county jail. His accomplices, some of whom have never been identified, were never charged.



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:53 pm

I don't think there is any question that the prosecutor broke the law and violated his responsibilities. What I want to know is where was the judge in all of this?


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Taking a closer look at Judge Kenneth Mara's opinion and order finding that the DOJ -- and specifically then-US Attorney, now Labor Secretary Alex Acosta -- violated the law in the Epstein plea deal. (Thread)
I really hadn't heard much about this until I saw a bit on Morning Joe talking about this. Wow. And they were noting how many really powerful people Epstein knew and especially one whose name they dropped without technically dropping the name...

His attorneys were Dersh and Ken Starr?

https://thinkprogress.org/jeffrey-epste ... 86e15c076/

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Epstein was friends with U.S. presidents

Before Epstein was accused of “trafficking minor girls, often from overseas, for sex parties,” he counted two of the five living U.S. presidents as his associates.

Trump told New York Magazine about his relationship with Epstein in 2002.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said at the time. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it: Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:35 pm

And he didn't even really serve that time in jail. He only slept there. During the day he was free to come and go.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/ ... 77419.html
Michelle Licata, who was molested by Epstein when she was 14, said the judge’s decision was “a step for justice.’’ But she still questions why federal authorities have failed to open a new case against Epstein, given that more victims and evidence has come to light in recent years.

“They should see if they can prosecute him for something. I mean, really prosecute him — instead of giving him 13 months where he was allowed to come and go as he pleased. I just want to see him face some consequences for what he did.’’



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Post by Kendra » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:58 pm

AndyinPA wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:35 pm
And he didn't even really serve that time in jail. He only slept there. During the day he was free to come and go.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/ ... 77419.html
Michelle Licata, who was molested by Epstein when she was 14, said the judge’s decision was “a step for justice.’’ But she still questions why federal authorities have failed to open a new case against Epstein, given that more victims and evidence has come to light in recent years.

“They should see if they can prosecute him for something. I mean, really prosecute him — instead of giving him 13 months where he was allowed to come and go as he pleased. I just want to see him face some consequences for what he did.’’
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Post by Reality Check » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:42 pm

I still wonder if there was some truth to the allegations that Trump participated in sex with underage girls along with Epstein. Maybe Acosta's position as Secretary of Labor was a payoff for taking care of Epstein and making sure that Trump's name was kept out of it? Does anyone believe Trump wasn't capable of such behavior? I think the Jane Doe lawsuit was dropped just days before the election in 2016.


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Post by Kendra » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:04 pm

Reality Check wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:42 pm
I still wonder if there was some truth to the allegations that Trump participated in sex with underage girls along with Epstein. Maybe Acosta's position as Secretary of Labor was a payoff for taking care of Epstein and making sure that Trump's name was kept out of it? Does anyone believe Trump wasn't capable of such behavior? I think the Jane Doe lawsuit was dropped just days before the election in 2016.
Kompromat came to my mind.

There was also this unsaid thing on Morning Joe where they intimated some folks in certain sets in New York that pick up on things that everyone knows but it isn't talked about - wink wink nudge nudge.



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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:06 pm

Snopes: Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl ...

As of now, all of the information about this lawsuit comes solely from the complaint filed by “Katie Johnson,” and no one has as yet located, identified, or interviewed her. She was scheduled to appear at a press conference on 2 November 2016 but didn’t show up, claiming that threats to her life kept her away. She reportedly dropped the lawsuit again on 4 November 2016 for the same reason.

A status conference for the lawsuit was scheduled to be held on 16 December 2016.
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I still wonder if there was some truth to the allegations that Trump participated in sex with underage girls along with Epstein. Maybe Acosta's position as Secretary of Labor was a payoff for taking care of Epstein and making sure that Trump's name was kept out of it? Does anyone believe Trump wasn't capable of such behavior? I think the Jane Doe lawsuit was dropped just days before the election in 2016.



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Post by Reality Check » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:26 pm

Maybe Stormy Daniels wasn't the only one Cohen paid off right before the election?


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Post by Somerset » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:37 pm

Reality Check wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Maybe Stormy Daniels wasn't the only one Cohen paid off right before the election?
FIFY?



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Post by Reality Check » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:26 pm

Yes, typo.


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Post by Jcolvin2 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:40 pm

A copy of Judge Marra's ruling is attached.
435 Doe v US (Epstein) Order 2019-02-21.pdf
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Post by Dolly » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:47 pm

Dems call on Trump to fire Acosta

Three House Democrats are collecting signatures for a letter calling on President Trump to demand the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.
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“Despite abundant evidence and multiple witnesses still willing to come forward, then-U.S. Attorney Acosta failed to charge Epstein under federal trafficking laws, which could have put Epstein away for life,” the letter states. “Instead, he pleaded guilty to far lesser prostitution-related charges and served only 13 months in a private wing of a county jail but was able to leave 6 days a week for 12 hours at a time.”

The letter is being organized by Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier (Calif.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) and Lois Frankel (Fla.).

“This despicable unjust plea deal that was arranged by Acosta showed no respect for the suffering of the victims and credible accounts of human trafficking and was a clear abuse of power for political gain,” the lawmakers write.

The letter says Acosta’s mishandling of the situation shows he's unfit to serve in the administration, arguing he “succumbed to the pressure” from Epstein’s legal team while disregarding the law.

“As Members of Congress we are committed to ensuring that those who occupy top positions in the federal government are held to the highest standards of the law,” they said. “We strongly believe that Secretary Acosta was negligent in his duty to represent the best interests of the victims and the U.S. Government. As such, we request that you immediately demand his letter of resignation.”
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