Epstein sought to pay off potential witnesses, US prosecutors say

Epstein sought to pay off potential witnesses, US prosecutors say

Prosecutors bask in accused jailed U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying big portions of money to two participants which would possibly be likely witnesses in his dinky one intercourse trafficking case so that you just would possibly perhaps persuade them.

Epstein has pleaded no longer responsible.

"My point here today is we have an wonderful economy and the focus needs to be on the economy and job creation", Acosta said, calling it unfair the administration was being inundated with questions about a 12-year-old case. "You know, it is so hard I think to avoid the comparison between Epstein and Trump".

Speaking before reporters at the White House Friday, Acosta said it would be "selfish" for him to remain in the administration at this time.

Mr Trump named Deputy Labour Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the acting secretary of Labour.

Why did Mr Acosta step down? He's in NY in pre-trial detention.

Long described as a billionaire, the New York Times reported on Wednesday that much of his reputation as a brilliant financier was probably illusionary, and that there was "little evidence" of him actually having a net worth in the billions.

Both Trump and former president Bill Clinton were acquainted with Epstein, but have taken pains after the Herald reporting to distance themselves from the hedge fund manager.

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

Prosecutors said in court papers that Epstein poses a flight risk and could use his wealth to tamper with the investigation, pointing to the payments to the two possible witnesses. Acosta announced on Friday that he would step down from President Donald Trump's cabinet, saying he didn't want to distract from the strong economy.

The Associated Press found that the wealthy financier's donations included $15,000 to the exclusive Hewitt School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, $35,000 to the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland, and $25,000 to the Ecole du Bel-Air grade school in Haiti - all after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. Acosta said the Epstein case would be a distraction for the Administration.

Florida State Sen. Lauren Book, a Democrat, said in a statement that Acosta's resignation was "a victory for crime victims everywhere". He has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls at his mansions in NY and Palm Beach, Fla., in the early 2000s.

The prosecutors said they were not bound by the 2008 Florida deal struck by Acosta, then the USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida, that allowed Epstein to plea to a lesser offence.

In February, a federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled that the 2007 agreement violated the victims' rights.

"I thought the plea deal that was made was very questionable". A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday morning.

The payments were made to two individuals who could potentially testify against Epstein at trial, the prosecutors said in the court filing, which argued against granting Epstein bail.

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