Trump's Labour Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein case

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

U.S. Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday resigned after earlier in the week defending way he handled a decade-old sex abuse case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein while Acosta was a federal prosecutor.

Acosta was the USA attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement that allowed Epstein to avoid federal trial but plead guilty to state charges and serve 13 months in jail.

And then new sex trafficking charges were brought against Epstein last Monday by federal prosecutors in NY. The defense argued that Epstein had been a "law-abiding citizen" for the last 14 years, and that he posed no threat to the public or risk of fleeing.

In accordance with an indictment, the prosperous financier paid women beneath the age of 18 to ruin sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005.

Given that background, UltraViolet's Thomas said, "Congress should open a full investigation into President Trump, who was directly implicated as an enabler of Epstein, and is self-confessed serial sexual predator with almost two dozen accusations against him".

One, a steel safe in Epstein's office, was protected by a level of security that "suggested it contained much more than just money", the worker remembered.

In April 2018, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in Pennsylvania almost 14 years earlier, one of dozens of women who had made similar allegations going back decades.

Acosta's office wasn't alone in failing to ensure that Epstein met the full consequences for his crimes.

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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.

The financial records obtained by prosecutors from an unnamed institution also provided one of the first hints to Epstein's true wealth. The request was denied. He instead pleaded guilty to Florida state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and registered as a sex offender.

"Whereas someone who is not as connected as he was would have gotten life in jail for sex crimes committed against minors, he was able to use the jail as a hotel with his wife and then spend the evening after a certain time in a private jail cell", Venetis said.

The deal has advance beneath rising scrutiny with the unusual charges in opposition to Epstein this week.

The payments were made shortly after the Miami Herald began publishing a series of articles about Epstein, who was known for socializing with politicians and royalty. Investigative reporter Julie K. Brown doggedly pursued his victims and law enforcement officials to build a detailed timeline of Epstein's actions and how he avoided stronger legal penalties.

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Years ago, Epstein had counted Trump and former President Bill Clinton among his friends, but Trump said this week he was "not a fan". "People need to know what he did and why he wasn't prosecuted so it never happens again".

The Epstein case came up during Acosta's Senate confirmation hearing but the Republican-majority Senate approved him in a 60-38 vote. Most sexual assault cases remain unreported, and when they are reported, they're rarely prosecuted. Thousands of women in the United States and around the world came forward with harrowing personal accounts of mistreatment, from sexual harassment to rape. Of those arrests, only 11 of the cases will be referred to prosecutors, with only seven resulting felony convictions, and only six perpetrators go on to serve time in jail.

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