Alex Acosta RESIGNS Amid Jeffrey Epstein Case Pressure

Alex Acosta RESIGNS Amid Jeffrey Epstein Case Pressure

It reveals that Epstein mingled extensively with political and cultural elites, including former US President Bill Clinton; the Trump family; UK Princes Andrew and Charles; members of the Kennedy family; former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; billionaires Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch; designer Tom Ford; rock stars Mick Jagger and Courtney Love; Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Elizabeth Hurley and Woody Allen; journalists Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos; and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Sputnik reported. He instead pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months in a work-release programme, paid settlements to victims and registered sex offender.

"I do not think it is right and fair to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today", the outgoing labour secretary said. He is accused of wiring $350,000 past year to two associates.

Wallace said, "There were a lot of doubts about Alex Acosta already", particularly frustrations that he had been taking a more liberal stance in not pushing to deregulate rules in the workplace.

In a filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to the two individuals, who were not named.

In seeking to keep the multimillionaire jailed pending trial, prosecutors in NY argued Epstein had a history of trying to obstruct inquiries into his misdeeds, including those from journalists.

"Mr. Acosta now joins the sprawling parade of President Trump's chosen advisors who have left the administration under clouds of scandal and corruption, leaving rudderless and discouraged agencies in their wake". Acosta was working as a public prosecutor at the time.

Epstein was arrested by federal authorities last weekend and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Epstein would have faced a potential life sentence in prison.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had called on Tuesday for Acosta to resign.

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Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he'd had just one meeting on the Epstein's attorneys because he had "been told" to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade.

Trump had initially defended Acosta but said he'd look "very closely" his handling of the 2008 agreement.

"We now have 12 years of knowledge and hindsight and we live in a very different world", he said.

After federal attorneys in NY announced the new charges against Epstein this week, Acosta tweeted that he was "pleased" by their decision. The letter also said that since the indictment was unsealed on Monday, "several" more women have come forward alleging that they were victims of Epstein when they were minors.

"The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific", Acosta tweeted.

As labor secretary, Acosta's duties included overseeing human trafficking and worldwide child labor laws. The Justice Department has been investigating.

Before he was named a USA attorney, Acosta was an assistant attorney general for the civil rights division in President George W. Bush's first term. Before joining the Trump administration, he was dean of the Florida International University law school.

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