Labor Minister Alex Acosta resigns a few days after defending his role in the Jeffrey Epstein case, said President Donald Trump to Friday reporters at the White House.
Trump broke the news when he left the White House for Wisconsin. In a surprising step, the president brought his secretary for labor under fire while talking to reporters.
Trump said Acosta had called him Friday to discuss the decision and that his labor secretary had a & # 39; great job & # 39; had done.
& # 39; You can always guess, & # 39; said Trump afterwards of the Epstein case. When he described what he said to Acosta, Trump said: & # 39; I said: & # 39; You don't have to do this. & # 39;
Acosta previously served as the United States attorney who had signed a deal with Jeffrey Epstein that allowed the convicted sex offender to serve in a Florida jail for only 13 months.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is accused of knowing about alleged witness manipulation by Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutors in New York say that Epstein's lawyers are a legal & # 39; proffer & # 39; in which he would admit such behavior
Acosta, who had asked questions for 53 minutes on Wednesday about his role in Epstein's guilty plea to bring charges, said about his decision: & # 39; I thought it was right to step aside. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't think it's right or fair & # 39; to let him have the focus, Acosta said, explaining his decision.
Trump also repeated his statement earlier this week that & # 39; I wasn't a fan of Jeffrey Epstein. & # 39;
He would accompany Trump on Air Force One during a fundraising trip to Midwestern battlefields in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Trump also told DailyMail.com that his fight with Epstein, which the president had alluded to earlier in the week, had to go along with banning Epstein from Mar-a-Lago.
A few senate democrats accuse Jeffrey Epstein and his lawyers of & # 39; unreasonable & # 39; attempts to smother a federal investigation & # 39; & # 39; – and demands to know why now Minister of Labor, Alex Acosta, the convicted sex offender anyway a & # 39; sweetheart deal & # 39; has given.
Sens. Patty Murray from Washington and Tim Kaine from Virginia from the Health, Education, and Labor Committee have raised the issue of alleged & # 39; witness manipulation & # 39; and other allegedly obstructive behavior raised in a letter to the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday.
They point to accusations from federal prosecutors in New York, who have included a 14-page indictment on Monday that accuses the rich hedge financier of human trafficking in underage girls under the age of 14.
Acosta, a former US lawyer in Florida, is under fire because he has negotiated the deal that allowed Epstein to prevent federal prosecution and serve only 13 months in a Florida prison.
Van Of particular interest for investigating your office into the behavior of Florida DOJ attorneys, SDNY attorneys have also claimed additional unscrupulous and illegal activity by Epstein and his attorneys in their successful attempts to make the first prosecution in the southern district of Florida to throttle, including & # 39; witness & # 39; tampering, intimidation or other obstructive behavior & # 39; & # 39 ;, senators wrote the head of DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility.
They then referred to recent deposits in the southern district of New York.
& # 39; In its bail, SDNY lawyers cite the discussions between the Epstein lawyers and the DOJ lawyers in Florida who show that DOJ knew at that time that there was obstruction, intimidation and witnessing tampering & # 39 ;, they continue. & # 39; The then lawyer Alexander Acosta of the United States then did not file a charge for these crimes, and again illustrates the injustices in our legal system in favor of the rich and powerful. & # 39;
Acosta, shown here with President Trump, is under fire because of his role in the Epstein case and addresses the media on Wednesday
Legal star Alan Dershowitz, who helped represent Epstein, defended his behavior and told CBS that he would fight to get an even better deal if given the chance
Sens. Patty Murray from Washington and Tim Kaine from Virginia wrote to the Department of Justice looking for information about an internal investigation into the Epstein deal
According to the memo filed by New York prosecutors opposing Epstein bail, & # 39; there were credible allegations that the suspect witnessed sabotage, intimidation, or other obstructive behavior. & # 39;
& # 39; In fact, according to public records, there were discussions between prosecutors and the then defendant's counsel about the possibility that the accused would be guilty of counts regarding & # 39; obstruction & # 39; as well as & # 39; intimidation & # 39 ;, they wrote.
According to the government, Epstein's lawyer has a & # 39; offer & # 39; given to prosecutors – never promised – where Epstein would admit that he has delayed & # 39; both delays and prevented them from receiving [canceled] to attend official proceedings. & # 39;
The professional would also have let Epstein know that he had both flown [both edited] to the US Virgin Islands instead of an airport in New Jersey to try and delay the reception of what Mr. Epstein was expecting [edited]. ]. & # 39;
Sens. Patty Murray and Tim Kaine sent the Office of Professional Responsibility of the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday that an update of an internal probe is needed
Another possible obstruction plea & # 39; could rely on the incident in which Mr. Epstein's private detectives followed the [stray] father and forced him off the road.
& # 39; The defendant's apparent previous willingness to obstruct a federal investigation, harass or manipulate witnesses, and to engage private investigators who & # 39; have gone off the road & # 39 ;, the father of a person relevant to the study is alarming, & # 39; prosecutors wrote.
Senators Murray and Kaine are looking for an update on an internal investigation into the role of Acosta by the Office's Professional Responsibility.
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