November 12, 2020

Kaine Statement on DOJ’s Finding of No Misconduct in 2006 Epstein Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Office of Professional Responsibility’s (OPR) finding that, while U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta’s 2006 non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein demonstrated “poor judgment,” Acosta and others in his office did not commit prosecutorial misconduct or violate the law:

“How is letting a child sex trafficker walk free anything but gross professional misconduct? How is keeping the plea deal secret from the survivors not a clear violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act? The light-handedness of OPR’s report is just the latest in a long series of failures by the Justice Department to deliver justice for these young women and girls.”

Last year, Senators Kaine and Murray had urged OPR to make its findings public. Senator Kaine has long sought justice for Epstein’s survivors, grilling Acosta about the non-prosecution agreement at his 2017 confirmation hearing to be Labor Secretary and applauding the news of his resignation last July.

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