Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign Friday amid scrutiny over handling of 2008 Jeffrey Epstein case
Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary and former Florida federal prosecutor, is resigning from his position Friday amid scrutiny and calls for resignation from Democratic leaders for his oversight of a “much too leniant” non-prosecution agreement in 2008 of billionaire, sex-offender, and newly indicted child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The 2008 agreement is just now being revealed to the public eye due to Jeffrey Epstein, 66, being newly indicted in New York on Monday on two counts related to the sex-trafficking of minors. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, Alexander Acosta, who was on a team of Federal prosecutors in Florida that oversaw the Epstein case in 2008, reached a plea deal with Mr. Epstein that led to the signing of a criticized non-prosecution agreement, allowing Estein to plead guilty to two state prostitution felonies, register as a sex offender, and serve a 13-month sentence with very leniant work-release privileges. Many Democrats came forward to express their concern for the leniency of the case with calls for the Labor Secretary to resign, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) describing the deal as “an unconscionable agreement” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) stating on the Senate floor that “if he [Acosta] refuses to resign, President Trump should fire him” (The New York Times, 2019). Acosta responded to the controversy, saying on Twitter Tuesday that “With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.” Acosta also tweeted that he fully supports the new charges being brought against Epstein to “more fully bring him to justice” based on the new evidence and testimony to support the case, The New York Times reports. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, it is believed that the scrutiny over Acosta’s handling of the 2008 agreement and the calls for his resignation were not the only reasons for his announced resignation. A federal judge also ruled in February that the Epstein case was carried out unlawfully by the Florida federal prosecutors – including Mr. Acosta – because the team of prosecutors failed to inform the alleged underage victims of the plea deal which would keep Epstein from being federally prosecuted. Acosta’s resignation will be effective beginning July 19, and according to President Trump, the department’s deputy secretary, Patrick Pizzella, will be assuming the position of acting secretary. It remains unclear whether Acosta will be further investigated for his oversight of the 2008 deal. ~
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