Democratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal
Added 08-14-19 02:57:01pm EST - “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 s” - Thehill.com
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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 FrankelLois Jane FrankelEpstein death sparks questions for federal government Attorney General Barr 'appalled' by Epstein death in federal custody Democrat calls for congressional investigation after Epstein death MORE (D-Fla.), the co-chair of the caucus, is collecting signatures for a letter calling for the 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 AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFeds face mounting pressure over Epstein's death Sasse calls on DOJ to 'rip up' Epstein nonprosecution deal to bring 'co-conspirators to justice' FBI searches Jeffrey Epstein's home in Virgin Islands MORE. 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 CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' congressional probe Cummings's wife asks Twitter for help identifying home break-in suspect House Oversight Committee to examine role of licensed gun dealers MORE (D-Md.), Oversight Ranking Member Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back Hillicon Valley: Pentagon chief orders probe into 'war cloud' contract | Oversight Republicans want briefings from Capital One, Amazon on breach | Facebook removes Saudi-tied disinformation campaign | Senate confirms Trump's first chief technology officer MORE (R-Ohio), Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' National Archives: Trump, Bush can review Democrats' request for Kavanaugh records MORE (D-N.Y.) and Judiciary Ranking Member Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsFeds face mounting pressure over Epstein's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' House Judiciary leaders demand answers from Bureau of Prisons on Epstein death MORE (R-Ga.) — also calls for the committees to consider “providing the victims a forum to be heard if they so desire.”
“To the dismay of many, the result of Epstein’s prosecution was a lenient plea deal, under which Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to lesser, prostitution-related charges and received an astoundingly light sentence: only 13 months in a private wing of the county jail where his cell door remained open and a television was installed for his personal use," the letter reads.
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