Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Resigning Amid Epstein Controversy

United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Department of Labor. He was discussing his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in Florida in 2008. (RESTRICTION NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75

United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Department of Labor. He was discussing his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in Florida in 2008. (RESTRICTION NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75

The Friday announcement was seen as "a victory" by those still angered Acosta's handling of a 2008 sex crimes case involving wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

"When the president stands on the White House lawn and said he barely knew Jeffrey Epstein, that's not supported by the fact pattern", O'Brien said Saturday morning. After dropping the third iteration of her lawsuit following Trump's election, the left-leaning Vox.com described it as "the end of an incredibly odd case that featured an anonymous plaintiff who had refused nearly all requests for interviews, two anonymous corroborating witnesses whom no one in the press had spoken to, and a couple of seriously shady characters - with an anti-Trump agenda and a penchant for drama - who had aggressively shopped the story around to media outlets for over a year".

Kirstjen Nielsen, outgoing secretary of Homeland Security, in April become the 15th cabinet official to depart in just over two years, a rate of turnover not matched in recent presidencies.

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. A hearing for his new case is scheduled for Monday.

Epstein is accused of sexually abusing underage girls, some as young as 14.

"If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State's case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted", Krischer said in a statement. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla.

"Instead, Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal that resulted in a non-prosecution agreement in violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act".

On Wednesday, Alex Acosta gave a dispassionate, legalistic defence of his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, more than a decade ago. Otherwise, he could face no time; he wouldn't have to register as a sex offender. He also had a personal driver take him from the jail to the office and back.

President Trump announced the shakeup Friday morning in remarks to reporters.

Shaunna Thomas, executive director and co-founder of UltraViolet, one of the groups involved in the projection, said Friday, "Acosta's resignation is good news, and demonstrates that people who enable sexual predators like Jeffrey Epstein can be held accountable". The rest, we'll have to look at it.

Epstein's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "I wasn't sure at the time who dropped the ball or failed to do what they had to do", Garcia said.

The deal came under scrutiny earlier this year following reporting by the Miami Herald, and Democrats en masse had called for Acosta's resignation.

"[It's] not entirely shocking that he got the deal that he did", Garcia said.

The deal is also being scrutinised by the Department of Justice. He said the Epstein case stood out. "I said to Alex, 'You don't have to do this'".

"This double standard has no role in the Labor Department or any other part of our government", said CWA, "and we welcome his resignation". "And not just let it go, we'll help him, '" Verheyden-Hilliard told Sputnik. "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the unbelievable economy we have right now".