Attorney General Bill Barr can leave many things behind: insider trading in the Senate, lying to the FBI, a pandemic that has killed a quarter of a million Americans and is on track to kill so many. But the absolute incompetence of his former cabinet colleague over the whole Jeff Epstein affair is too obvious and egregious for even a dedicated partisan like Barr to overlook it.
A Justice Department report found that former Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta used “poor judgment” while investigating wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein as the chief state attorney in Florida.
You don’t say that Even so, this is Bill Barr, and Alex Acosta is a former Trump official so he won’t go too far in dressing.
Although the report blamed Acosta for its verdict, it concluded that his actions in reaching the deal did not constitute malpractice and that none of the prosecutors had committed any wrongdoing in their interactions with the victims. The conclusions are likely to disappoint victims, who have long hoped the internal investigation would hold Justice Department officials accountable for actions they say allowed Epstein to escape justice.
Sixty-eight days to go folks.
Justice Department: “Bad judgment” used in Epstein’s plea [AP]