Trump labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal

  • Trump labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal

Trump labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal

On Monday, U.S. prosecutors in NY accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.

The women of the View discussed the Epstein drama on Tuesday, noting the men still at risk of getting implicated - including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump - and criticizing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta for the sweetheart deal he gave the billionaire more than a decade ago.

'I also don't think that people like Alan Dershowitz should be on TV right now while they're being accused of being involved, ' she said. Instead, he pleaded guilty to far lesser prostitution-related charges and served only 13 months in a private wing of a county jail, but was able to leave 6 days a week for 12 hours at a time.

In announcing new charges against Epstein on Monday, New York prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said his team was "assisted by excellent investigative journalism". During a news conference, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, also revealed they discovered hundreds of suggestive photographs in Epstein's Manhattan mansion, including those of underage girls.

His comments on Tuesday came as a parade of Democratic presidential contenders and party leaders demanded that Acosta, a former federal prosecutor in south Florida, resign or be fired over his role in a secret 2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid federal prosecution after allegations he molested teenage girls. Pelosi stated that Trump was aware of Acosta's previous employment and the Epstein case when he appointed Acosta to serve as United States secretary of labour - the post now held by the official.

Trump spoke approvingly about Epstein in a 2002 magazine profile, calling him a "terrific guy". "It is even said that he likes lovely women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".

It's also putting new scrutiny on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who, as USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida, was involved in a secret plea deal that allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges in 2008.

In announcing new charges against Epstein on Monday, New York prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said his team was "assisted by excellent investigative journalism", according to the Associated Press.

Acosta told reporters that his relationship with Trump remains "outstanding", but also noted that every member of Trump's Cabinet serves at the president's pleasure. "No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life", Trump was quoted saying. And, he added, "you're talking about a long time ago".

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges. "We strongly believe that Secretary Acosta was negligent in his duty to represent the best interests of the victims and the USA government".

"Secretary Acosta allowed Jeffrey Epstein, a sexual predator, to roam the streets freely after there was substantial evidence he sexually abused and trafficked young girls". I wasn't a fan.

She says the charges against Epstein are "overwhelmingly past due".

The White House at the time said it was looking into the matter.

Epstein's lawyer Roy Black filed a response late Monday in a case involving a violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

Jennifer Araoz, now 32, told "Today" she never went to police because she feared retribution from the well-connected Epstein.

A report filed in July 2006 by the Palm Beach Police Department described an assistant of Epstein who escorted a young woman to a room with a massage table.