June 12, 2024
Trump's Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigns
The recent charges against Epstein drew attention to Acosta's role in the 12-year-old plea deal and prompted calls for his resignation.
The recent charges against Epstein drew attention to Acosta’s role in the 12-year-old plea deal and prompted calls for his resignation.

WASHINGTON – Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned amid the fallout over a plea deal he made with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, a sex offender charged with human trafficking girls as young as 14. 

President Donald Trump announced Acosta’s resignation Friday morning with Acosta at his side. Trump said the secretary called him Friday morning to say that the decision to resign was his. 

“I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta said.

Trump, who had defended Acosta after Epstein’s arrest last week, praised him as a “great labor secretary, not a good one,” and added, Acosta did a “very good job.”

Acosta, formerly a federal prosecutor, had defended his handling of the 2007 case and said he was “pleased” prosecutors were moving forward against Epstein, who was arrested on July 6 on charges of sex-trafficking. Epstein pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan federal court on July 8. The indictment alleges he “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes” in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.

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See Also:

(1) The Jeff Epstein Scandal: What could possibly go right?

(2) Alan Dershowitz: Unsealed Epstein Lawsuit Documents Will Exonerate Me

(3) Juanita Broaddrick on Bill Clinton’s Jeffrey Epstein Statement: ‘Your Denials Are Worthless’

(4) Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein: How Are They Connected?

(5) Welcome to the Hellfire Club

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