US Labor Secretary Acosta resigns

United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Department of Labor. He was discussing his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in Florida in 2008. (RESTRICTION NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75

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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.

They said they learned of the payments through records they obtained from a financial institution, which was not identified.

Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned on his private plane from Paris.

Mr. Epstein's lawyers maintain their client has lived a law-abiding life for the past 14 years, since he pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail. Epstein pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls at his mansions in NY and Palm Beach, Florida, in the early 2000s.

By the "people" who were happy with that deal, Trump has to mean Jeffrey Epstein himself, because one giant reason Acosta is facing scrutiny is that, according to the findings of reporter Julie K. Brown, Acosta did not inform Epstein's victims of the deal he proposed to the defendant, despite his legal obligation to do so. They wrote in a court filing that Epstein was willing to put up his Manhattan mansion and private jet as collateral and agree to home confinement and Global Positioning System monitoring and even pay for 24-7 security to do so. Prosecutors say he used employees and associates to lure the girls to his residences, and then paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse.

He paid one person named as a possible co-conspirator in the case $100,000 and the other suspected co-conspirator $250,000, the prosecutors allege.

The payments were made shortly after the Miami Herald began publishing a series of articles about Mr Epstein, who was known for socialising with politicians and royalty. And he, at that time, at the hearing, was saying the action he took was [to hold Epstein accountable].

"As I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this administration's Labour Department to have Epstein as a focus rather than the incredible economy we have today", Acosta said.

However, Acosta failed to stem the tide of criticism against him and therefore, I suspect, to satisfy President Trump that he would not remain a political liability.

Acosta came under renewed scrutiny in recent days over his role years ago as a USA attorney in Miami, during which time he cut a secret non-prosecution agreement in 2008 with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

"My point here today is we have an unbelievable economy and the focus needs to be on the economy and job creation", Acosta said, calling it unfair the administration was being inundated with questions about a 12-year-old case.

Prior to the criminal cases against him, he was best for his wealth and high-profile connections.

Trump, who has previously described Epstein as a "terrific guy" who "likes attractive women", also attempted to distance himself from the financier, saying he was "not a fan" and that the two had a "falling out" years ago.

"He's a lot of fun to be with", he said. "It is even said that he likes handsome women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".

The lawsuit also includes the account of a corroborating witness, Tiffany Doe, who claimed to have seen the underage victim perform sexual acts on both Trump and Epstein.

Reports of Epstein's current wealth vary, with his Virgin Islands-based firm generating no public records.

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