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GOP senator wants Epstein plea deal thrown out

A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the Justice Department to “rip up” a controversial plea agreement that Jeffrey Epstein struck in Florida more than a decade ago.

Under the 2008 deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges rather than face much tougher federal prosecution on charges he sexually abused teenage girls at his homes in Florida and New York.

Federal prosecutors said when they charged Epstein that the Florida deal doesn’t apply to prosecutors in New York.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who heads the panel’s oversight subcommittee, asks Attorney General William Barr to confirm it is no longer binding following Epstein’s suicide.

A Justice Department official who speaks on the condition of anonymity says Barr has recused himself from any review of the 2008 plea deal involved in the federal investigation into Epstein.

— AP

Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska., speaks during a legislative summit sponsored by the Omaha and Lincoln Chambers of Commerce, which was held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, August 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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