Jeffrey Epstein, billionaire and convicted sex offender, is back under scrutiny. The Jeffrey Epstein plea deal, which has been described as unbelievably lenient, has fallen back under the microscope of the Department of Justice.
This news follows a bombshell report by The Miami Herald. The report detailed the incredibly lax plea deal the multiple sex-offending Epstein got off with.
Senator Ben Sasse of Florida demanded the investigation into the plea deal following a letter regarding the Miami Herald report. Speaking on Epstein, Sasse stated, “Jeffrey Epstein is a child rapist and there’s not a single mom or dad in America who shouldn’t be horrified by the fact that he received a pathetically soft sentence.”
The press release, which came out on Wednesday, went on. “The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation—and so do the American people and the members of law enforcement who work to put these kinds of monsters behind bars.”
The plea deal in question was drafted following pressure from Epstein’s lawyers in 2008 and was made in secret. This deal, as it stands, appears to have been non-prosecutorial and effectively led Epstein to avoid close scrutiny on his misdeeds. Allegations of sex trafficking and Epstein running a sex pyramid scheme from his mansion home were swept under the rug.
Epstein, a well-connected and influential billionaire, served only 13 months of an 18-month sentence thanks to the plea deal. Epstein’s numerous political connections, including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, are likely to have played a role in Epstein’s lenient sentencing.
The DOJ probe is looking into whether department lawyer’s committed professional misconduct in Epstein’s deal. Depending on the results of the probe, it could result in disciplinary action for the lawyers in the question. It could even reopen the Epstein case for matters that did not come to trial.