Jeffrey Epstein Accused of Witness Tampering by Prosecutors

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said Friday he will resign in light of new charges being brought against registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Democrat demands for his resignation were opportunistic attempts to connect Trump with Epstein, so the president arguably should not have forced the secretary to resign - but Acosta himself stepping down is the right move.

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.

Acosta called the president on Friday morning and told him his decision to step down, according to a pool report.

Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will become acting secretary next week when Acosta formally vacates the post, Trump said after reading Pizzella's name from a note card.

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney is handling the new Epstein case, which accuses him of sex crimes with girls as young as 14 in NY and Florida.

Acosta didn't perform badly at the conference.

The formal proposal has 14 conditions, which include limiting Epstein to stay inside his mansion on New York's East Side and wear a Global Positioning System device to track his movements.

He suggested that the evidence prosecutors now have - including lewd photographs of underage girls seized in a raid on Epstein's mansion - were not available to his team when he was Miami's USA attorney from 2005 to 2009.

Acosta had run afoul of the White House for other issues, however.

Still, he accompanied Acosta to announce the resignation to reporters today and he insisted-perhaps too heavily-that this was Acosta's idea. The department also plays a role in combatting human trafficking.

The former state's attorney for Palm Beach County at the time of the Epstein plea deal released a statement disputing Acosta's account following the news conference. He pleaded not guilty Monday and his lawyers say the new charges will fail because he's protected by a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors over a decade ago.

"His acts are despicable", Acosta said.

The prosecutors submitted written arguments Friday afternoon, labeling Epstein a "serial sexual predator" who likely faces a lengthy prison term.

They said in court papers Friday that he paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, shortly after a published report past year revealed a secret deal that helped him avoid federal prosecution.

The vast extent of Epstein's influential social circle was revealed in 2015 when his address book was published following a court hearing in a civil case. "This story can't just drift away because this has never been about politics but is instead about justice". He said he did not ask Acosta to leave the Cabinet. During his time as head of the Labor Department, he has cut regulations and pushed for the expansion of apprenticeship programs.

Trump called Acosta a "tremendous talent" who had done a "very good job", also saying his resignation would not have been necessary.

"The rest of it, we will have to look at", the president added.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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