On Wednesday, Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta defied calls by congressional leaders to resign over the sweetheart deal in 2008 that he gave to pedophile billionaire and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Florida. Today is another story. While Trump is busy raging at the world on Twitter, Acosta announced his resignation.
The embattled Labor Secretary said that he phoned Donald Trump this morning to tell him he was stepping down because he does not want his handling of the Epstein plea agreement to consume the administration, according to The Hill.
WATCH: Labor Sec. Alex Acosta announces his resignation amid scrutiny over his role in Epstein plea deal.
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We’re sure this is just a coincidence, but at least a dozen new victims have come forward. “The people we are speaking to are underage victims in Florida and in New York. They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation,” said Jack Scarola, a Palm Beach attorney.
Trump recently praised Acosta — however, we’re sure he’ll deny ever knowing him any second now.
“I can tell you that for two and a half years he’s been just an excellent secretary of labor, he’s done a fantastic job. Now part of it is our economy is so good, our unemployment numbers are at record lows, so many good things are happening, but the fact is he’s been a very good secretary of labor,” Trump told reporters.
On Tuesday, Trump said that “a lot” of people were involved in the 2008 case, and it wasn’t just Acosta.
“I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision,” he said. “Not just him. I can only say this from what I know and what I do know is that he’s been a great, really great secretary of labor. The rest, we’ll have to look at it, we’ll have to look at it very carefully. But you’re talking about a long time ago and again it was a decision made, I think, not by him but by a lot of people. So we’re going to look at it very carefully.”
However, Trump gave Acosta a spot in his administration. The former reality show star hasn’t tweeted about Epstein’s departure. Instead, he’s rage-tweeting about CNN. It’s going to be hard for Trump to defend the man who gave a deal-of-a-lifetime to his friend, a registered sex offender.
The plea deal that was reached with Epstein in 2008 meant that he dodged federal charges and spent only 13 months in the county jail on state prostitution charges — he was allowed to leave six days a week for “work.” The deal violated the victims’ rights by not informing them of the plea deal.
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