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Embattled Labor Secretary Acosta says Epstein crimes 'horrific'


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Embattled Labor Secretary Acosta says Epstein crimes 'horrific'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, under pressure from Democrats to resign over his handling of a decade-old sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, on Tuesday defended his actions as a former federal prosecutor and called Epstein’s crimes “horrific.”

Meanwhile President Donald Trump praised Acosta’s work in his administration, telling reporters at the White House: “I can tell you that for two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of labor.” But Trump added that Acosta’s success was due in part to the performance of the U.S. economy.

In his statement posted on Twitter, Acosta said, “I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence.”

On Monday, federal sex trafficking charges were brought against Epstein, raising new questions about Acosta’s handling of a related case in Florida in 2008. Federal prosecutors including Acosta reached a plea deal with Epstein that has since come under scrutiny as being too lenient.

“With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator,” Acosta wrote on Twitter.

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