President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta’s task efficiency and pledged that his handling of a decade-old sex case versus hedge fund supervisor Jeffrey Epstein will be “very thoroughly” reviewed.
President Trump, attending to reporters at the White Home, added that he could envision Acosta most likely wanting he handled the Epstein case in a different way.
The president’s comments followed Acosta hailed the newly-brought sex trafficking charges versus Epstein, while defending his choice to cut a plea handle the rich money supervisor over a decade earlier regarding a sex abuse case.
” The crimes committed by Epstein are dreadful, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving on with a case based upon brand-new proof,” Acosta tweeted earlier Tuesday. “With the proof offered more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex transgressor and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.”
Now that new evidence and additional testimony is readily available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice,” the Trump cabinet member included.
In 2008, Acosta, then a Miami-based federal prosecutor signed off on a plea arrangement that enabled Epstein to prevent prosecution on federal charges. The hedge fund manager ended up only pleading guilty to charges of getting a minor for prostitution. He served just 13 months in jail. On Saturday, Epstein was detained in New Jersey on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Federal prosecutors in New york city declared he paid dozens of girls to engaged in sexual show him between 2002 and 2005 in your homes in New York City, Florida, and his Carribean personal island. He pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City City.
On the other hand, congressional Democrat leaders are calling on Acosta’s resignation over the case’s handling.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted on Monday night: “.@SecretaryAcostashould step down. As US Lawyer, he took part in an unconscionable contract w/ Jeffrey Epstein concealed from bold, young victims preventing them from seeking justice. This was understood by@POTUSwhen he appointed him to the cabinet.”
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined the speaker, implicating the previous Miami federal district attorney of being too lenient with the wealthy investor.
” Instead of prosecuting a predator and serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta selected to let him off easy,” he said Schumer. “This is not appropriate. We can not have as one of the leading appointed officials in America someone who has done this.”