Embattled U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Steps Down Amid Criticism Over Epstein Case

Alex Acosta (us.gov)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump says Labor Secretary Acosta stepping down; move comes after criticism of his handling of Jeffrey Epstein case.

Acosta orchestrated a plea deal in a  decade-old case Epstein on sex crime charges when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Florida’s Southern District. Acosta has been facing renewed scrutiny over the case after Epstein was arrested on new federal sex trafficking charges in New York last week.

President Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.  Acosta said that stepping aside is the “right thing to do.”

(Associated Press)

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