Alexander Acosta Under Fire for Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

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The two leading Democrats in Congress are calling on President Trump's Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, to resign over his role in billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking scandal. "It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary Acosta's ability to lead the Department of Labor".

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are calling for his resignation following the two count indictment announced Monday by prosecutors with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY accusing Epstein of sex trafficking in NY and Palm Beach, Florida from 2002 to 2005.

Acosta is facing the media glare against this week after Epstein was arrested Saturday on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges brought forth by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

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

Schumer added that "if [Acosta] refuses to resign, President Trump should fire him" as he drew attention to the commander-in-chief's controversial relationship with Epstein. The U.S. leader said that "many people" were involved in the Epstein case, but that in hindsight "what happened 12, 15 years ago.I would think maybe they wish they'd done it a different way". But you're talking about a long time ago, and it was a decision made, I think, not by him but by a lot of people.

Schumer said Epstein would have been behind bars for years were it not for the "sweetheart" deal agreed to by Acosta. "As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice", Pelosi tweeted Monday evening. Mr Epstein "is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant", prosecutors wrote to the judge, arguing against bail.


White House adviser Kellyanne Conway pushed back on Pelosi' call for Acosta's resignation, saying, "It's classic her and her Democratic Party to not focus on the perpetrator in hand, instead of focus on a member of the Trump administration".

Conway, meanwhile, criticized Pelosi for speaking out against Acosta.

The congresswoman insisted POTUS Trump was well aware of Alex Acosta's employment background and his part in Epstein's earlier plea deal that safeguarded the tycoon from federal charges and reduced a potential life sentence to just 18 months, 13 of which he nominally served.

The indictment claims that Epstein, 66, has been engaging in sex acts with dozens of vulnerable minors, after naked massage sessions in his lavish mansions, and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash so that they would recruit other underage girls to form an expanded "Ponzi scheme". Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

Despite the fact that the allegations against Epstein stem from incidents that occurred more than a decade ago, Berman said, "We want to make sure (the accusers) have their day in court by bringing these charges".

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