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Jan. 29, 2019, 9:46 PMUpdated: Jan. 29, 2019, 10:42 PM

Labor Secretary’s Role in Abuse Deal Could Get DOJ Scrutiny (2)

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer
Jaclyn Diaz
Jaclyn Diaz

The Justice Department’s inspector general wants lawmakers to give him the authority to investigate a decade-old plea deal in which Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta allegedly allowed an accused sex offender to skirt the harshest punishment for crimes against teens.

“Your letter raises important questions about the resolution of this case by department attorneys,” DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a Jan. 29 letter to lawmakers. “However, the OIG does not currently have jurisdiction over matters involving allegations of misconduct relating to DOJ attorneys’ handling of litigation or legal decisions.”

The department’s watchdog responded to lawmakers’ calls to look into ...

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