Alex Acosta, Trump’s secretary of labor, resigns as Epstein scandal heats up


Epstein, whom Acosta gave what critics called a “sweetheart” plea deal in 2008, was arrested in New York on Monday.

Alex Acosta, Donald Trump’s secretary of labor, has resigned amid a growing furore around a so-called “sweetheart deal” he gave to multi-millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

On Monday, Epstein was arrested in New York and charged with sex trafficking of minors. Prosecutors say he operated a vast sex trafficking ring, in which he sexually abused dozens of children. Federal agents said they found a “vast trove” of sexual material, including pictures of young girls that were stored on CDs and kept in a safe at his Manhattan townhouse.

The new charges have brought back into the spotlight the fact that Acosta, who was then serving as the senior federal prosecutor in Miami, had been responsible for prosecuting Epstein when police uncovered what was described as a “cult-like” network of young girls – and allowed Epstein to enter what many critics have called a “sweetheart” plea deal.

At his mansion, Palm Beach police said in 2007, Epstein coerced girls both into performing sex acts themselves and into finding new victims for him. The federal indictment against him was 53 pages long.

But Acosta offered Epstein a “non-prosecution agreement” that served to shut down the ongoing FBI probe into his activities, and allowed him to serve just 13 months in prison.

Even more unusually, the Miami Herald pointed out in a bombshell 2018 investigation into the case, the deal Acosta not only granted Epstein and four accomplices named in the Miami indictment immunity from federal criminal charges, but also included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators”.

The Herald, which identified 80 women who allege that Epstein sexually abused them, also noted that as Labor Secretary, Acosta was placed in charge …read more

Source:: New Statesman

      

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