Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary After Criticism Over Lenient Epstein Plea Deal

Today, Alex Acosta formally resigned as labor secretary amid controversy stemming from a lenient plea deal he offered as US Attorney to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was indicted last week on charges of sex trafficking and abuse. During Acosta’s announcement, Trump emphasized to reporters that the resignation was solely Acosta’s decision. Yesterday, House Democrats called for a briefing from the Justice Department on Acosta’s role in a 2008 case involving sex trafficking charges against Epstein. Democratic members of Congress and presidential candidates also called on Acosta to resign. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter, writing that “@SecretaryAcosta must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice.” Epstein was arrested July 6 on a charge of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors and on one count of sex trafficking of minors. When federal agents searched Manhattan home, they discovered numerous lewd photographs of young women. Prosecutors noted that “thousands of sexually suggestive pictures of young women and girls seized in his Manhattan home demonstrate the predatory attitude that Mr. Epstein continues to have towards young women.” Epstein’s July arrest has drawn […]

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