Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned from his position in the Trump administration today, after being widely condemned for how he handled the case of convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago.
“I do not think it is right and fair for this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus, rather than the incredible economy that we have today. And so I called the President this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta said today.
“It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that’s 12 years old rather than about the amazing economy we have right now,” he added.
While working as a U.S. attorney, Acosta had sealed what the Miami Herald called the “deal of a lifetime” with Epstein, who only received 13 months in jail with work release despite a federal investigation finding 36 alleged victims of the Democratic Party-affiliated predator.
Making matters worse for Acosta, he publicly defended his own behavior after Epstein was recently apprehended on new charges for child sex trafficking with feds reportedly finding images of child pornography within his New York City mansion.
“We believe that we proceeded appropriately,” Acosta said.
“We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail,” he said. “He needed to go to jail.”
President Donald Trump continues to defend Acosta, assuring the public that it was his decision to resign, and he was not forced out of the administration.
“He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they’re not happy with it. You’ll have to figure all of that out. But the fact is, he has been a fantastic secretary of labor,” Trump said.
“But I just want to let you know, this was him, not me, because I’m with him. He was —he’s a tremendous talent, he’s a Hispanic man. He went to Harvard, a great student. And in so many ways I just hate what he’s saying now, because we’re going to miss him,” Trump added.
Acosta’s entire resignation letter can be viewed here:
— Secretary Acosta (@SecretaryAcosta) July 12, 2019
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