Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

Prosecutors have accused jailed United States financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying large amounts of money to two people who could be potential witnesses in his child sex trafficking case in an effort to influence them.

The arrest set in motion a chain of events that led to the resignation Friday of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was the USA attorney in Miami during the earlier investigation of Epstein. On ABC's The View, Joy Behar also tried to connect Epstein to Trump this week, but not Clinton.

Epstein donated the $15,000 gift to the prestigious Hewitt School on East 75th Street in 2016 - years after he pleaded guilty to in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution, The Associated Press reported.

Federal prosecutors in NY unsealed a new criminal indictment Monday charging Epstein with operating a sex trafficking ring in which he allegedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, in NY in Florida. This is not normal; it is astounding. In a 50-plus-minute lawyer-type rebuttal, Acosta argued his office had secured the best deal it could at the time and was working in the victims' best interests.

Acosta spent roughly an hour in Washington on Wednesday defending his handling of the Epstein case he oversaw in Florida more than a decade ago.

Given that background, UltraViolet's Thomas said, "Congress should open a full investigation into President Trump, who was directly implicated as an enabler of Epstein, and is self-confessed serial sexual predator with almost two dozen accusations against him".

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that his embattled labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, has resigned.

"I do not think it is right and fair to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today", the outgoing labour secretary said.


Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he'd had just one meeting on the Epstein's attorneys because he had "been told" to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade.

"As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed - despite a federal law to the contrary - that the deal would be kept from the victims".

"Mr. Acosta now joins the sprawling parade of President Trump's chosen advisors who have left the administration under clouds of scandal and corruption, leaving rudderless and discouraged agencies in their wake".

Trump called Epstein a "terrific guy" in a 2002 magazine feature, but has said this week soon after that time the pair ended their friendship.

Epstein's wealth and alleged potential for witness tampering were just two of the government's arguments against the bail package proposed by Epstein's attorneys on Thursday. Whether or not all of those people were engaged in the disgusting violation of fundamental human rights this monster was engaged in, we can't say.

Mr Acosta had been under pressure from Democrats to quit.

"We now have 12 years of knowledge and hindsight and we live in a very different world", he said.

"I feel power and influence obviously influenced the scales of justice", said Kirk Blouin, town manager of Palm Beach, Fla., who prior to his post served 29 years in the Palm Beach police department. Although the victim dropped the suit against Trump after repeatedly receiving death threats, federal investigators will very likely follow up on her allegations in pursuit of the case against Epstein.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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