Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stepping down

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2019

Pres. Trump's Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will resign amid the controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case against Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago.

Acosta made the announcement in Washington outside the White House on July 12 around 9:34 a.m., standing next to President Donald Trump. However, Acosta failed to stem the tide of criticism against him and therefore, I suspect, to satisfy President Trump that he would not remain a political liability. 'I think it shows that the Trump administration is trying to get somebody who's really experienced, smart and somebody who really knows the issues, ' he said, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

U.S. prosecutors in NY on Monday accused Mr Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking, luring dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coercing them into sex acts.

Prosecutors also said that several of Epstein's alleged victims supported his detention until trial, claiming that they feared "harassment and abuse by the defendant". Acosta thought so little of them that he didn't deem it important enough to inform them that Epstein was going to jail for a ridiculously short period of time.

In a court filing, Epstein's lawyers argued that he had long lived with the fear that federal prosecutors might pursue sexual abuse charges against him again and had never sought to flee the country.

".Alex was a great Secretary of Labor and his service is truly appreciated". He instead pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months in a work-release programme, paid settlements to victims and registered sex offender.

The president said, "It's his (Acosta's) decision".

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Pressed on whether he had any regrets, Acosta repeatedly suggested that circumstances had changed since then.

Trump didn't just praise Acosta's character and his heritage; he also defended him against scrutiny for his role in Epstein's deal. "Today's world treats victims very, very differently".

Trump said Friday that deputy Pat Pizzella will took over as acting labour secretary, one of a host of positions now vacant or with officials serving in an acting capacity. The Justice Department has been investigating.

The Labor Secretary's oversight includes sex trafficking. I haven't seen that workplace injuries are down, bucking a three-year trend.

According to the Herald, Acosta, who was serving as US Attorney for Southern Florida at the time, "didn't just buckle under pressure from Epstein's lawyers", but "worked with them to contain the case -even as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was uncovering evidence of a wider sex trafficking operation".

Acosta, the only Hispanic member of the Trump Cabinet, used his two-and-a-half year tenure to lead the administration's efforts on apprenticeships, job training and second-chance hiring.

Acosta's resignation comes amid numerous calls from Democrats who wanted him to step down from his administration post in light of his involvement with a 2008 plea deal given to Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire who was recently arrested on sex trafficking charges.

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