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US NewsAcosta Resigns as Labor Secretary over Epstein Plea Deal

17:54  12 july  2019
17:54  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking Federal prosecutors in New York on Monday charged American financier Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking of underage girls, more than a decade after he avoided similar charges in Florida in a plea deal. By 2007, Epstein had been facing a potential federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007, directing others to abuse them and paying employees to bring victims to him, according to court filings. However, Epstein struck a deal in which he pleaded guilty to a lesser Florida state felony prostitution charge.

WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Tuesday faced fresh calls to resign , and rising pressure from inside the Trump administration, over his role in brokering a lenient plea deal over sex crimes for the New York financier Jeffrey E. Epstein as a federal prosecutor in Miami more than a

Over Epstein Plea Deal President Trump said Alexander Acosta has done a good job leading the Labor Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta speaks at an event in Bogota, Colombia in May 2019. Acosta to resign , saying, "It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary

Watch: Acosta resigns amid Epstein scrutiny (CBS)

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday morning that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over a lenient plea deal he made with Jeffrey Epstein when he was a prosecutor in Florida.

Mr. Acosta called the president this morning and informed him of his decision to resign, Mr. Trump said, as he left the White House for travel to Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Bill Clinton issues statement on Epstein charges

Bill Clinton issues statement on Epstein charges Former president Clinton on Monday issued a statement on new sex trafficking charges against billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, saying he knew nothing about the "terrible crimes" Epstein is accused of. "President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York," the statement from a Clinton spokesperson reads.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Tuesday defended his role in securing a plea deal for politically connected sex offender Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, while a flood of top Democrats demanded he resign for helping to orchestrate what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Trump 'feels badly' for labor secretary amid calls for resignation over Epstein case. Earlier this year a federal judge ruled the deal illegal. But Acosta mounted an aggressive defense of the plea deal on Wednesday, arguing that the involvement of his office secured a greater penalty for Epstein than

The resignation comes just two days after Mr. Acosta convened a news conference to defend his actions in the 2008 case when he was the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary over Epstein Plea Deal © Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times R. Alexander Acosta, the labor secretary, during a press conference on Wednesday in Washington. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought new charges against Mr. Epstein, accusing him of sex trafficking, which revived concerns about the federal government’s handling of sex crimes charges against Mr. Epstein more than a decade ago. They also resurrected Mr. Trump’s previous relationship with Mr. Epstein, whom he described as “a terrific guy” in 2002.

Democrats on Thursday demanded a briefing from the Justice Department about the 2008 agreement not to prosecute Mr. Epstein.

Mr. Trump said that Patrick Pizzella, the deputy secretary of labor, will be the acting secretary.

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