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Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary over Epstein Plea Deal Acosta Resigns as Trump’s Labor Secretary After Epstein Plea Deal
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WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday morning that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over a lenient plea deal he made with Jeffrey Epstein when he was a prosecutor in Florida. WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday morning that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier, Jeffrey Epstein, when he was a prosecutor in Florida.
Mr. Trump made the announcement as he left the White House for travel to Milwaukee and Cleveland. Mr. Acosta called the president this morning and informed him of his decision to resign, Mr. Trump said, as he left the White House for travel to Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Mr. Trump said Mr. Acosta called him this morning and that it was Mr. Acosta’s decision to resign. The resignation comes just two days after Mr. Acosta convened a news conference to defend his actions in the 2008 case when he was the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors in Manhattan brought new charges against Mr. Epstein, accusing him of sex trafficking, which revived concerns about the federal government’s handling of sex crimes charges against Mr. Epstein more than a decade ago. They also resurrected Mr. Trump’s previous relationship with Mr. Epstein, whom he described as “a terrific guy” in 2002.
Democrats on Thursday demanded a briefing from the Justice Department about the 2008 agreement not to prosecute Mr. Epstein.