Bill Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s jet, cynically dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday it will investigate the sweetheart plea deal given to billionaire New Yorker Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls.
The investigation was prompted by Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican. Sasse has pushed repeatedly for an investigation, even pressing President Trump’s new attorney general nominee William Barr during a Jan. 15, Senate Judiciary hearing.
Upon Wednesday’s announcement, Sasse issued a scathing press release.
“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,” said Sasse.
“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,” he said.
Epstein, a former hedge fund manager, was accused of abusing underage girls — many of them 14 years old — and transporting them on his private jet from his Palm Beach, Fla. estate to a private island.
There, Epstein reportedly engaged in the serial sexual abuse of girls, and arranged for many of his friends to participate. One of those friends is alleged to have been Bill Clinton, who is a longtime associate.
Epstein’s private jet flight logs show Clinton travelled on Epstein’s plane more than two dozen times.
Court documents obtained by Fox News in 2016 showed Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s jet, cynically dubbed the “Lolita Express.” Clinton apparently ditched his Secret Service detail on many of those occasions.
In 2007, Epstein was convicted of the massively reduced charge of soliciting sex from minors. His plea deal called for 18 months in Palm Beach County jail, and included a concession stating that Epstein did not know the roughly 100 young girls were under age 18.
Ultimately, Epstein served only 13 months behind bars, and was allowed to leave the jail for 12 hours a day, six days a week. Numerous news reports indicate that his private driver would pick him up from the jail and take him to his downtown West Palm Beach office as part of his “work release” program.
The Miami Herald has produced a heartbreaking and informative three-part series featuring some of Epstein’s victims, called Perversion of Justice.
The series was cited by Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd in letter a to Sasse on Wednesday.
“The Office of Professional Responsibility 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,” Boyd wrote.
The Office of Professional Responsibility, or OPR, is similar to a police department’s internal affairs division. But OPR is notoriously secretive and its internal probes rarely become public.
Critics warn that a DOJ investigation of the DOJ could be a recipe for disaster, similar to how many perceive the Robert Mueller-led special counsel investigation has entirely avoided investigating those within the DOJ who are responsible for FISA abuses and leaking classified materials to the news media in efforts to destroy President Trump.
Robert Mueller was the director of the FBI, a division of the DOJ, during the Epstein affair.
Also caught in the fray is Alex Acosta, the Trump administration’s Secretary of Labor. Acosta was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida at the time of Epstein’s remarkably lenient prosecution and plea.
In Dec., 15 Democratic members of Congress, led by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Palm Beach Democrat, sent a letter to the DOJ inspector general asking for an investigation about Acosta’s role in the Epstein matter.