Republicans AND Democrats call for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to be fired over sweetheart deal he gave to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, while a former Trump advisor says the next 72 hours are ‘crucial’ for his political future

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was indicted on Monday for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking with underage girls between 2002 and 2005
Prosecutors also said nude photos of minors were found at his mansion
As U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta negotiated with Epstein’s lawyers for a plea deal in the 2008 Florida case he avoided federal charges but served 13 months
Epstein pleaded guilty to one state charges of solicitation and had to register as a sex offender, but was granted work released while he was in custody
Victims were not contacted at the time of the deal, which a federal judge ruled was unlawful in February
Acosta is now being called to step down or be fired by Trump
Trump said earlier this year Acosta had done a ‘great job’ as Labor secretary

9 July 2019

A former adviser to President Donald Trump has said the public response to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s involvement in letting pedophile Jeffrey Epstein get a sweetheart plea deal will be the deciding factor in his political future, as Republicans and Democrats called for his ouster.

Along with bipartisan opposition to Acosta came bipartisan support, with members of both parties also standing behind the man who as a U.S. attorney in the southern district of Florida negotiated a 2008 deal that allowed Epstein to avoid federal criminal charges and serve only 13 months in prison– in an arrangement that victims were not notified about in advance.

As part of the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state charge of solicitation of a minor for prostitution related to sex acts with girls as young as 14.

Epstein was arrested again in New Jersey on Saturday with New York federal prosecutors alleging he sexually abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005, and authorities saying nude photos of underage girls were found in his mansion.

Epstein pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday to new sex trafficking charges.

‘The next 72 hours are critical for Acosta,’ a former Trump adviser who remains close to the White House told Politico. ‘This is a settled matter for people in the White House … but it’s usually the response that kills you.’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted late on Monday: ‘.@SecretaryAcosta must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice. This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet. #AcostaResign’

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Epstein’s behavior ‘was despicable and they should throw the book at him. Mr. Acosta has to explain himself.’ Schumer opposed Acosta’s confirmation as Labor Secretary.

But fellow Senator and Democrat from West Virginia Joe Manchin said of Acosta: ‘If he made a mistake or a judgment call or something like that, does that affect the way he’s doing his job now? I’m going to basically judge him on what job he’s doing and how he’s doing it.’

Manchin voted to confirm Acosta and said of calls for him to resign: ‘I’m not getting into that feeding frenzy.’

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