After federal prosecutors in the SDNY unsealed a two-count indictment charging Jeffery Epstein with sex trafficking, AG William Barr recused himself from the case.
Attorney General William Barr has recused himself from Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking case because his former law firm once represented the convicted pedophile.
On Monday, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unsealed a two-count indictment charging Epstein with sex trafficking and conspiracy for allegedly luring girls as young as 14 to his Manhattan townhouse and a $12 million estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
Epstein pleaded not guilty in federal court.
Barr told reporters in South Carolina.
“I am recused from that matter because one of the law firms that represented Epstein long ago was a firm I subsequently joined for a period of time,”
During Barr’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska asked him whether he would conduct a “full and thorough investigation” into the Justice Department’s handling of Epstein’s case.
“Senator, I have to recuse myself from Kirkland & Ellis matters, I am told,” Barr told Sasse. “And I think Kirkland & Ellis was maybe involved in that case, so I need to sort out exactly what my role can be. I will say that if I’m confirmed I’ll make sure your questions are answered on this case.”
What Barr and Senator Sasse were referring to was Jefferey Epstein’s much-criticized non-prosecution “sweetheart deal” he received in Florida in 2008.
Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution — despite being accused of sexually abusing more than 30 minors.
He served 13 months behind bars, paid restitution and registered as a sex offender.
The law firm’s senior partner Jay Lefkowitz is among the list of attorneys, including Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, who have once represented Epstein, according to Newsweek, which cited Law and Crime.
Another former Kirkland & Ellis attorney is Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was the Miami US attorney when he reached Epstein’s 2008 agreement.
Of course, Democrats will read the headlines and go off half-cocked as they usually do.
Funny how Barr quickly recused himself from Epstein's case when asked about his friendship with the pedophile but refused to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after sending such an extremely biased job resume' to Trump for the AG position. What a scumbag.
— Larry Pennefather (@larryp0802) July 8, 2019
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Yeah. But WILL the imperialistic #Barr recuse? I wouldn't put it past him not to. Someone's got that man's balls in a vice-like grip. Trump will not want recusal did to his own exposure in #Epstein case, and Barr will comply. So gross.
— Karen Strickholm (@KarenSantaFe) July 7, 2019