Labor Secretary Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Deal Scrutiny Featured

  12 July 2019

On July 12, 2019, the Associated Press reported that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

 

In 2008, Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, which enable Epstein to avoid federal charges, plead guilty to state charges and only serve 13 months in jail. Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York have resulted in scrutiny of Acosta’s role in the 2008.

Top Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have demanded that Acosta resign over his handling of the agreement, which a federal judge has said violated federal law because Acosta did not notify Epstein’s victims of the arrangement. The Justice Department has been investigating. Read more here.

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