FILE PHOTO – U.S. Attorney General William Barr at the FBI National Academy Graduation Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia, U.S., June 7, 2019 REUTERS/Tom Brenner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new indictment unveiled this week by federal prosecutors in Manhattan charging financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.
The official added, however, that Barr has been and will remain recused from overseeing the department’s review into how federal prosecutors in Florida, including now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, previously reached a plea deal with Epstein that has since come under scrutiny as being too lenient.
His recusal in that review stems from Barr’s prior work with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Acosta also previously worked at the firm.
Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama