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Debbie Wasserman Schultz requests expansive Jeffrey Epstein probe, again

“William Barr’s call for an Inspector General investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s death is obscenely inadequate. “

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls for Department of Justice accountability, including a deep-dive investigation into Jeffrey Epstein case and it’s mishandling.

Last year, the Congresswoman, who represents Congressional District 23 in the U.S. House, led a call for an Inspector General review of the entire Epstein case after learning about the secret and controversial Alex Acosta plea deal Epstein received in 2008, which offered leniency to the convicted pedophile.

Her call went unheard. Attorney General William Barr didn’t open a probe at that time.

Since Epstein’s untimely death (an apparent suicide in his Manhattan prison cell where he resided after being indicted on federal sex trafficking charges), Barr has asked for an IG probe into the circumstances around his death.

Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response: 

“Attorney General William Barr’s call for an Inspector General investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s death is obscenely inadequate. 

“I led a call in Congress for an Inspector General probe of the entire Justice Department handling of Epstein’s lenient plea deal – last year. It was never done. 

“An IG probe of his apparent suicide may only quell the irresponsible conspiracy theories President [Donald] Trump peddles, but it will not provide true independent accountability to those who survived his horrific crimes. The IG must investigate this entire DOJ miscarriage of justice.”   

Political corners of social media are rampant with conspiracy theories in the wake of Epstein’s death.

Wasserman Schultz isn’t the first to weigh in on the conspiracy theories. As reported yesterday, Florida party leaders on both sides of the aisle have posited notions on Twitter pointing to both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton as puppet masters behind Epstein’s death.

Yesterday, Sen. Rick Scott insinuated Epstein’s death may be the result of “criminal acts” in a statement. 

While compelling, all of the theories take away from the real goal, justice for Epstein’s victims, which will be harder for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement without the ability to prosecute him. 

Wasserman Schultz has led the charge in Congress to fully investigate the Epstein case, and her renewed call for an IG probe into the handling of the entire Epstein case implies she won’t back down now.

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Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at melissarazdrih@me.com.

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