President Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta just announced that Acosta is resigning effective seven days from today amid controversy over a plea deal he negotiated with pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.
In 2008, Acosta was the US Attorney in Miami who gave the Palm Beach billionaire financier Epstein the sweetheart, non-prosecution plea deal when he plead guilty to soliciting prostitution.
BREAKING: Labor Secretary Acosta is stepping down.
"In so many ways I hate what he's saying now because we're going to miss him," Trump tells reporters at briefing. pic.twitter.com/MkzmpcuEPt
— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) July 12, 2019
Now that Epstein has been arrested on child sex trafficking charges in New York, his previous plea deal is being re-examined and Alex Acosta’s brokering of the secret deal has led to his resignation.
President Trump making it clear this morning that he was not pushing Alex Acosta out as Secretary of Labor. The president said this was Acosta’s decision and he is sad to see him go, but that Acosta didn’t want to distract from the strong economy and the work the administration is doing. Democrats have been calling for Acosta’s resignation or firing over Epstein’s plea deal.
Epstein received 13 months in the Palm Beach County jail, with work release and was ordered to register as a Level 3 sex offender.
As the secretary of labor, it is Acosta’s job to help prevent sex trafficking.
Epstein is being held in jail on the new federal charges of sex trafficking in a case that has been filed in New York. He has a bond hearing on Monday.