Senator Ben Sasse pressures Bill Barr to “rip up” Epstein plea deal in pursuit of justice

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, asking that he “rip up the non-prosecution, non-investigation agreement” that Jeffrey Epstein previously signed in order that the attorney general could bring any co-conspirators could be to justice.

“Too many of Epstein’s secrets have gone to the grave with him, and the Department must not allow his death to be one last sweetheart deal for his co-conspirators,” Sasse wrote in a letter sent to Barr on Tuesday.

“The victims of Epstein’s international sex trafficking ring deserve justice. In order to bring Epstein’s co-conspirators to justice, the Department of Justice should rip up the non-prosecution, non-investigation agreement entered into by Epstein and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in 2008.”

In his letter, Sasse also thanked Barr for his dedication to sorting out the details of Epstein’s apparent suicide, but encouraged the nation’s leading law enforcement official to go further in answering “several urgent questions surrounding this child rapist’s death.”

:As documented in reporting by The Miami Herald, despite preparing a 53-page indictment, federal prosecutors instead entered into an agreement with Epstein that offered immunity to him, four named co-conspirators, and ‘any potential co-conspirators’ from federal charges, with Epstein agreeing to plead guilty to state charges that gave him a slap-on-the-wrist sentence that went largely unenforced,” Sasse said.

“This deal ‘essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes.’

“This agreement should shock the conscience of anyone familiar with its details… The idea that wealth and connections can buy injustice—the only plausible explanation for such pathetically soft terms for a serial child rapist at the heart of a massive international criminal enterprise—is wholly and completely inconsistent with the basic notions of fairness and equality that undergird the rule of law enshrined in our Constitution. Moreover, the notion that one individual’s plea could shield a whole class of potential co-conspirators of uncertain size and identity from legal liability would—if treated as enforceable—pioneer a new model for one fall guy to shield all other members of a criminal enterprise from accountability to the law.

“This crooked deal cannot stand.”

The deal to which Sasse was referring was brokered in 2008 by then-US Attorney and recently ousted Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, according to The New York Post.

As part of his deal Epstein served just 13 months in a state prison in Florida but was released for six days a week so he could work from his private office.

Sasse ended his letter by asking the Department of Justice to confirm that it “no longer considers the non-prosecution, non-investigation agreement entered into by Epstein and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida binding against any of the named or unnamed co-conspirators.”

“Only by ensuring that this shameful agreement does not command the force of law in shielding Epstein’s fellow rapists and exploiters can we ensure that some measure of justice is finally delivered to Epstein’s victims who have been let down time and time again by their government.

“The federal government failed to bring Jeffrey Epstein to justice. We cannot allow Epstein’s accomplices to escape, too.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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