Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

US Labour Secretary quits

Alex Acosta will stand down in a week Alex Acosta will stand down in a week Credit Getty
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2019, 14:39

"I don't want to have the Rising Stars affiliated with Jeffrey Epstein". "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the fantastic economy we have right now".

"Alex called me this morning and wanted to see me", Trump told reporters. Trump named Deputy Labour Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the acting secretary of Labour. "And that's one of the things, if you have information, you observed something, you heard something, come and let us know", said Bradley Edwards, an attorney for Epstein's alleged victims.

"Mr. Acosta will now have plenty of time and no distractions that prevent him from fully accounting for the sweetheart treatment Epstein received", he said.

"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".

A spokesperson for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said his office is interviewing multiple people who visited the property near Santa Fe.

The prosecutors cited a police report from Palm Beach County, Florida, stating that one of Epstein's associates tracked down one of his alleged victims when she was home from college to tell her Epstein would pay her to be quiet, the New York Post reported.

He has always been surrounded by the rich and essential, including President Trump, used President Invoice Clinton and the UK's Prince Andrew.

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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.

Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in NY. The arrest set in motion a chain of events that led to the resignation Friday of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was the US attorney in Miami during the earlier investigation of Epstein.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Acosta said Epstein would have had an even lighter sentence if not for the deal.

In the latest charges, federal authorities said in a July 8 indictment (pdf) that he sexually abused and exploited dozens of girls, some as young as 14, in NY and Florida from about 2002 to 2005.

Within the old case in opposition to him, Epstein turned into as soon as accused of abusing dozens of adlescent women between 1999 and 2007.

The federal prosecutors in NY said they were not bound by the deal arranged by Mr Acosta, which allowed Mr Epstein to plead to a lesser offence and serve 13 months in jail with leave during the day while registering as a sex offender. Just this past February, a federal judge in Florida ruled Acosta's egregious misstep illegal.

"I thought the plea deal that was made was very questionable". He is now being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan while awaiting an upcoming bail hearing.