Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal

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Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal
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Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Over Epstein Plea Deal
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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is resigning from his position due to his involvement in a controversial plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was serving as US Attorney for Southern District of Florida over a decade ago when he offered Epstein a plea deal resulting in an 18-month sentence. Epstein, facing potential charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment, served only 13 months.

The controversy was reignited this week when Epstein was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. The millionaire sex offender and his lenient sentence have been the target of an outraged public all week. President Trump defended Acosta throughout the dispute but political insiders correctly predicted that the labor secretary would swiftly resign.

President Trump and Acosta made the announcement on Friday from the White House lawn. “I called the president today … I submitted my resignation,” Acosta told reporters. “It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today.”

“Alexander is a great labor secretary — not a good labor secretary,” President Trump said to reporters gathered on the White House lawn. “There is no need at all, as far as I’m concerned…This is a person that I’ve gotten to know. There hasn’t been an ounce of controversy at the Department of Labor.”

“He’s doing this not for himself,” President Trump added. “He’s doing this for the administration. I said, ‘You don’t have to do this.’ He doesn’t have to do this.”

The president also took the opportunity to distance himself from Epstein. “I wasn’t a big fan of Epstein. That I can tell you,” the President told reporters. “I will say this and say it again. I say it loud and clear. Alex Acosta was a great secretary of labor.”

During an appearance on Fox News, acclaimed author James Patterson recently discussed a past conflict between Epstein and Trump. According to Patterson, Trump threw Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago golf club 15 years ago following complaints from the staff. Epstein has been banned from the golf club ever since.

Acosta attempted to defend his handling of the case, blaming state prosecutors for the result. He said the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was inclined to offer Epstein a deal that would have included zero jail time, until his office intervened.

Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state attorney when the deal was struck, disputed Acosta’s claim. “I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong. Federal prosecutors do not take a back seat to state prosecutors. That’s not how the system works in the real world,” Krischer said.

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