Jeffrey Epstein: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta 'pleased' prosecutors moving forward

Jeffrey Epstein: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta 'pleased' prosecutors moving forward”

- Sen. Amy Klobuchar is calling on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to step down over his role in a previous plea deal for accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. "It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary Acosta's ability to lead the Department of Labor".

"Almost every time that Clinton's name is on the flight logs, there are underage girls there".

In a freshly unsealed federal indictment, Epstein was charged with trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, targeting dozens of victims, some of whom were no older than 14. The charges are similar to previous charges that Epstein faced in Florida in 2007; as USA attorney in Florida at that time, Acosta negotiated a plea deal that gave Epstein 13 months in county jail - and allowed him to work from his office six days a week. Pelosi stated that Trump was aware of Acosta's previous employment and the Epstein case when he appointed Acosta to serve as U.S. secretary of labour - the post now held by the official.

"I think there were a lot of people in that position not just him".

The hard ball tactics by Epstein and his team of all-star defense lawyers and a politically aware risk-averse prosecutor seemed to collide resulting in this deal that stood out against other sex trafficking cases brought by Acosta's prosecutors.

Trump praised Acosta as an "excellent Secretary of Labor", and argued that many people have made decisions in their career they subsequently regretted. If convicted, Epstein faces up to 45 years behind bars.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted her call for Acosta's resignation Monday evening, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer followed suit on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Acosta is center stage because of a once secret 2007 non-prosecution agreement he reached as United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida with Epstein, the multi-millionaire with connections to the highest levels of United States politics and business.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway pushed back on Pelosi' call for Acosta's resignation, saying, "It's classic her and her Democratic Party to not focus on the perpetrator in hand, instead of focus on a member of the Trump administration". This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet. They're so obsessed with this president that they immediately go to Alex Acosta rather than Jeffrey Epstein.

Clinton's press secretary Angel Ureña said in a statement on Monday that Clinton "knows nothing about the bad crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or with those which he has been recently charged in NY".

In Monday's indictment, Geoffrey Berman, a federal prosecutor in NY, accused Epstein of allegedly paying the girls hundreds of dollars for nude or partially nude massages from 2002 to 2005 that "increasingly were sexual in nature" at his mansion on New York's Upper East Side and at his estate in Palm Beach.

The White House said earlier this year they would investigate Acosta's role in the plea deal, but had yet to issue an official statement as of Tuesday morning.

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