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Trump's labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal


Added 07-10-19 03:10:02pm EST - “U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday addressed a non-prosecution a...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Trump's labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday addressed a non-prosecution agreement he signed off on more than 10 years ago with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has now been charged with sex trafficking in underage girls.

Acosta, who was a U.S. prosecutor in Florida at the time, said the new prosecution against Epstein allowed him to more fully explain the decision he made. He said that had his office not been involved, Epstein would have only faced one charge from state prosecutors.

“Without the work of our prosecutors, Epstein would have gotten away with just that state charge,” Acosta said. “He was and is a sexual predator.”

Acosta gave no indication he would resign after days of calls by Democrats for him to step down and said he has the support of Republican President Donald Trump.

The deal came under fresh scrutiny after a Miami Herald investigation shed new light on it, spurring federal prosecutors in New York this week to file new sex trafficking charges against Epstein.

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