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    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, right, accompanied President Donald Trump, left, speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. Trump says Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to step down, move comes in wake of handling of Jeffrey Epstein case. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media with Secretary of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. Trump says Acosta to step down, move comes in wake of handling of Jeffrey Epstein case. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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    President Donald Trump speaks with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, left, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 12, 2019, before Trump boards Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Wisconsin. Trump says Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to step down, move comes in wake of handling of Jeffrey Epstein case. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Published July 12. 2019 03:12PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

President Donald Trump, with Acosta at his side, made the announcement as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio. The president said “I hate to see this happen” and that he did not ask Acosta to leave the Cabinet. But conservatives unhappy with steps Acosta has taken at the department had been pushing for his ouster.

Trump, who publicly faults the news media nearly every day, said Acosta put the blame for his departure there, too.

The president tweeted from aboard Air Force One that Acosta “informed me this morning that he felt the constant drumbeat of press about a prosecution which took place under his watch more than 12 years ago was bad for the Administration, which he so strongly believes in, and he graciously tendered his resignation.”

Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement that allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges but plead guilty to state charges and serve 13 months in jail. Similar charges filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York this week had put Acosta’s handling of the 2008 agreement with the now-jailed financier back in the spotlight.

Acosta said his resignation would be effective in seven days. He said he didn’t think it was right for his handling of Epstein’s case to overshadow the president’s agenda and his work as secretary of labor.

“My point here today is we have an amazing economy, and the focus needs to be on the economy,” Acosta said.

Top Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates had demanded that Acosta resign. But Acosta had defended his actions, insisting at a news conference Wednesday that he got the toughest deal on Epstein that he could get at the time.

A federal judge said Acosta violated federal law by not notifying Epstein’s victims of the plea arrangement. The Justice Department has been investigating.

Epstein, 66, reached the deal to secretly end a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life. He instead pleaded guilty to Florida state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and registered as a sex offender.

Acosta had attempted to clear his name, and held a news conference — encouraged by Trump — to defend his actions. In a 50-plus-minute lawyerly rebuttal, Acosta argued his office had secured the best deal it could at the time and had worked in the best interests of Epstein’s victims.

Trump said Acosta would be replaced by Pat Pizzella, currently the department’s deputy secretary.

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So much for MAGA and cleaning the swamp this Bone Spur joker in chief now has had more cabinet turnovers than Reagan the Bushes and one of the greatest Presidents the country has ever had Barack Obama.

He acts more of a gutless dictator.
You know nothing of the details, but in typical liberal fashion, the man is guilty before the facts are presented. The man appears to have been bullied by the anti bully gang.
TG, you are a rude vulgar punk to insult President Trump. You must have been sitting in the last row at school eating erasers and breaking pencils off in your a**. We should investigate whether you cheated to get a Diploma from a good school district like Tamaqua. Keep it up. It is normal to have high Cabinet turnover. Achievers get worn out on a treadmill when they work hard fixing things that President Obama messed up. Please explain how you think President Trump is “a gutless dictator” as you say. My guess is that you are a low intellect punk that is rude and vulgar. You have no idea about what you are talking. If you were normal you would be ashamed of yourself. Instead, you are proud. Once again, it is fine if you like President Obama. You go wrong when you insult and try to bully others with different opinions. I don’t mind your opinion. You are a condescending hater. Too bad...for you. Clean up your dirty act. MAGA.
Let us see how this plays out. You liberal haters are ready to jump to conclusions (again) out of anticipation of your desired outcome. Just because you hate President Trump doesn’t mean that the rest of us should be swayed away from giving him a fair chance. You are afflicted by Trump Derangement Syndrome that renders you intellectually useless. Let us look and see Epstein’s political contribution list. You Trump haters will be eating humble pie then. Bill Clinton rode many times on Epstein’s plane. Contrarily, Trump threw Epstein out of his FL resort for improper behavior years ago. The Clintons were very involved with Weinstein. It is time for the truth to be revealed. It looks like Bill Clinton will be indicted before Hillary. You reveal your bias through your condescending hatred of President Trump. Keep it up. America is great. I doubt if Epstein ever gave a nickel to Trump.
You liberals are frustrated because every ambush you set up for President Trump ends up in utter failure. This scenario plays out starting with fake information propagated by fake news and fake sources. Then runaway Trump Derangement Syndrome and backfire in your face. Keep it up.
Come on Joe...
This new criminal case against Epstein is being brought by the Southern District of New York (SDNY). This particular jurisdiction has already demonstrated an extreme hatred for Trump.
Secondly, the SDNY prosecutor assigned to the Epstein case is Maurene Comey, daughter of fired FBI Director James Comey. Need I say more?!
Thirdly, District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Richard Berman is presiding over the Epstein case. “Berman was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1998. He presided over Dinesh D’Souza’s case where D’Souza was convicted of re-imbursing friends to evade campaign contribution limits in a New York election.
Let's see Joe. EPSTEINgate involves many, perhaps even The Donald. We'll see. The timing is off for this to be political... in my opinion.
I don't know about you, but my standard is the Bible then the US Constitution, another is the Bill of Rights.
The sixth amendment covers this fair trial thing. You have joined the maniacal left in a rush to judgement. You throw of the fetters of truth and civility because of your hatred and anger... Not good Joe. You called me a "Racist" based on your lame opinion. That's no different than the way our media trys Trump based on fake narratives and confused opinions. I don't say this in any one man's defence, but for all. Wake up Joe, you are better than that. Let's see what the facts are, or are you afraid facts will confuse you too? Don't throw off your standards over intense hatred. Remember Joe, I wasn't all in for Trump, but now that he is my President, I pray for him, just as I did for Barack Obama (when he was POTUS). I find it's very hard (praying for Barry) to be citical of someone you pray for. That doesn't work out well for the Kenyan though... but I'll work at that :)
“No, some things do not need due process.” Checkmate on you Joe. You have Trump Derangement Syndrome that renders you intellectually useless. Just because you hate President Trump, you think that everyone else should too. You readily overlook any information to the contrary, and just as bad, you seek/create to develop any seed of controversy into a mature oak tree. You are wantonly oblivious to your extreme bias. You use blasphemy and condescension against President Trump. You make yourself out to be a sore loser that can not still accept the fact that 3 yrs ago Trump won the Presidency. The Mueller Report is a fraud that for over 2yrs kept your deviant hopes of a coup alive. Every liberal hope of spoiling the Trump Administration has failed. Still, you refuse to even acknowledge your dysfunction. Where did your standards go? Meyers is right. You, Joe, are a fraud to yourself. How can you possibly willfully position yourself to ignore every accomplishment of President Trump? This is nuts! Keep it up! So what if Trump has orange hair? As America gets greater and greater, feel free to sit in your dark cauldron of hatred.
I agree... Joe has gone unstable through deep hatred of our president. People like Joe wake every morning just to see the latest news on destroying Trump. This addiction to outrage is all they look forward to.
This fish rots from the head down. trump is a filthy, lying, incompetent pig and his entire cabinet are nothing but sycophants and worthless pieces of human waste. God Bless America, I hope we survive this malignant occupation of our government.
T2C you are the filthy, incompetent vulgar punk to use blasphemy against you own leadership. You can not conduct yourself with the least amount of respect. You are not smart enough to realize three years later that President Trump won the election legitimately. You are a low intellect nut job with extreme mental dysfunction. It is certainly ok to come here and offer a polite opinion based upon facts. Instead, you come on here as a punk without any manners. You are on display. Where are your parents to stop your embarrassing punk like behavior? You deserve a spanking. Grow up, my little hateful punk. You are a failed bully that is going to get your insults stuffed right back down your throat. America is great. Clean up your dirty act T2C.
Maybe after the Soldiers took over the airports during the Revolution War. Admiral Bone Spur should have had Pence beam him up up and away. No wonder he was never a Veteran , Bone Spur Joker in Chief, he didn't know the difference in what wars where and when. But then maybe his daddy was here in this country as an Alien and was beamed from a galaxy far far away. Like from the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits or he took the wrong turn on the Yellow Brick Road. Maybe he is just STUPID like YOU. Remember just click your head 3 times with a hammer and you"ll be home. Smile you moron.
Wow, you just made my day. Can't stop laughing. Now I don't have to watch re-runs of 2 & 1/2 men
to keep my sanity in this crazy world. The old ones, not the ones with Walden!
You're a punk. You display your uneducated hillbillie colors for all to see. Anyone who fervently defends trump's idiocy, ignorance and hatred can only be classified as borderline retarded. You're a disease, a violent little piece of garbage festering on the curb of life. The Waste Management of Democracy is coming to haul you losers to the landfill of history. Go beat your sister/wife, you retarded punk.
I don't think this guy is imitating you, you mouth breathing moron. I think it's mockery! As if you needed help with that. Mockery is the sincerest form of contempt. Funny how you end with telling your boyfriend, "I own you"! Does your sister/wife know you bat for the other team?
You're a joke, everyone knows it. It's time you had a self realization. 🔥

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