Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is the subject of a request for a Justice Department inquiry, according to a news report in Friday’s Washington Examiner.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., called for the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate Acosta for corruption after a lengthy Miami Herald report described Acosta’s role in hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal tied to charges of sexual abuse that affected dozens of underage girls.
In 2007, Epstein was convicted on two counts of prostitution and spent 13 months in county jail. However, sources that spoke with the Miami Herald say he also was involved in sex trafficking and the abuse of dozens of girls and women.
At the time of the plea deal, Epstein also served as a federal witness in a case against two Bear Stearns executives charged with securities fraud.
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Wasserman Schultz is reportedly concerned about emails that reveal Acosta, then Miami’s top federal prosecutor, and A. Marie Villafana, another federal prosecutor, agreed to certain demands raised by Epstein’s attorneys, such as limited publicity.