Jeffrey Epstein paid $350K in witness tampering bid: Prosecutors

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he's stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with Epstein.

Neither of the recipients was named, but both recipients of the money were said to have co-conspired in the alleged sex crimes detailed in the Herald.

The U.S. Attorney's Office charged Epstein on Monday with multiple sex trafficking charges, and he faces a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted.

The witness tampering allegations were part of prosecutors' argument that Epstein shouldn't be allowed bail.

Epstein's lawyer, Martin Weinberg, did not return calls and emails seeking comment but has been quoted previously as saying Epstein's donations reflect a "heartfelt" desire to "help those need".

In seeking to keep the multimillionaire jailed pending trial, prosecutors in NY argued Epstein had a history of trying to obstruct inquiries into his misdeeds, including those from journalists. They didn't determine the two individuals who purchased the cash.

They said they had recently obtained records from a financial institution showing he was worth "more than $500 million", and earns at least $10 million a year.

"This route of motion, and in explicit its timing, suggests the defendant became making an strive to further affect co-conspirators who would possibly present records in opposition to him in light of the fair fair now re-emerging allegations".

Epstein became as soon as arrested Saturday at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey as he arrived on a flight from Paris.

Epstein plead not guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of sex-trafficking and conspiracy.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the risk that he would soar as causes to retain him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

Why did Mr Acosta step down?

As Sean Hannity noted on Fox News, Epstein "had ties to many Democratic politicians and celebrities, including big ties to.Bill Clinton, who took very many trips on Epstein's private plane" known as the Lolita Express, but now, after ignoring Epstein for years, "the mainstream media is interested because Epstein once had ties to President Trump through social events at Mar-a-Lago".

Acosta came under fire this week for his role as USA attorney for Florida in securing a plea deal for Epstein that resulted in an 18-month sentence - he served just 13 months.

Acosta, a former Florida prosecutor, made the announcement from the White House lawn on Friday with President Donald Trump at his side.

Acosta's resignation came amid USA media reports that Epstein paid off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them.

But he added: "It'd be selfish for me to cease on this put and continue talking about a case that's 12 years earlier".

The New York Times is now reporting that Epstein allgedly victimized young women as early as the 1970s, when he taught at New York's prestigious Dalton School.

He has always been surrounded by the wealthy and extremely efficient, including President Trump, former President Bill Clinton and the UK's Prince Andrew.

In a 2002 profile in Novel York Journal, Mr Trump referred to Epstein as a "terrific guy".

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