Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stepping down
Jul 13 2019
Acosta made the announcement in Washington outside the White House on July 12 around 9:34 a.m., standing next to President Donald Trump.
"Alex Acosta is a great secretary of labor", Trump said. Forget about Ryan "remounting the moral high horse about this president's personal life - I don't care about his personal life", Cuomo said.
That's fine and good, but Trump was smart enough to accept the resignation. Three days later, the filing says, Epstein wired $250,000 to "another individual named as a possible co-conspirator. and also identified as one of the defendant's employees".
After federal attorneys in NY announced the new charges against Epstein this week, Acosta tweeted that he was "pleased" by their decision. The deal demanded Epstein register as a sex offender, pay restitution to the victims and serve 13 months in a county jail, though he was able to leave six days a week to work. He paid settlements to victims and is a registered sex offender. The heads of the Interior, Justice, State and Health departments have also either been fired or resigned, among other top staff during Trump tenure so far.
House Democrats had already started some throat-clearing about a whole new set of investigatory hearings into the Acosta-Epstein plea deal, so getting Acosta out of the way now was the obvious best choice. This law requires prosecutors to inform victims of any plea deal and be involved in negotiations, which he failed to do. Trump added that Acosta was a "great" labor secretary. "We believe that we proceeded appropriately". "Instead Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal", Krischer said.
"Today's world treats victims very, very differently".
Epstein plead not guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of sex-trafficking and conspiracy.
Mr Trump, former president Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew had all previously been members of Mr Epstein's social circle over the years. The indictment document alleges that he "sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes" in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida. "It would be selfish for me to stay in the position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old". At the time, the then-New York real estate mogul called "Jeff" a "terrific guy".
Acosta would not say if he would make the same decision regarding Epstein now, considering the power of the #MeToo movement that led to the downfall of several powerful men publicly accused of sex crimes by women. "I wasn't a big fan of Jeffrey Epstein, that I can tell you".
He said he took the decision because he did not want the case to overshadow his work as labor secretary. If Trump nominates a permanent replacement, the nominee would have to go through a Senate confirmation process.
It remains to be seen if Acosta was a lightning rod who drew unnecessary heat for the administration in the Epstein case, or a mere distraction from POTUS's own friendship with the infamous proprietor of the Lolita Express.