Acosta: Prosecution appropriate in Epstein case

Erika Holt
July 11, 2019

As we note often in response to news of arrests and criminal charges filed against defendants, Epstein is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system - or until such time as he may wish to enter a plea in connection with any of the charges filed against him.

'My relationship with the president is outstanding, ' Acosta added. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday repeatedly declined to apologize to accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's victims over his handling of Epstein's case in 2008. He said he deferred to Trump to make the decision on whether to fire Acosta.

According to multiple reports coming out of Washington, D.C., USA president Donald Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is pushing for Acosta (above) to be fired as a result of the "drip" of information coming out related to Epstein's arrest. Trump, for instance, took months to dismiss Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator despite a dizzying array of scandals, and allowed Jeff Sessions to remain as attorney general for more than a year even as he railed at and belittled him.

Some of the girls were as young as 14 years old and "particularly vulnerable to exploitation", he said, adding that Epstein was "well aware that numerous victims were minors".

Over the course of the past decade, Epstein has been sued by several women who claimed to have been sexually abused by him while they were still underage.

Let's take a trip down memory lane to 1992, when Donald Trump attended what was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, his members-only club in Palm Beach.

Democrats have called on Acosta to resign his Cabinet post following the latest charges against Epstein, a registered sex offender. "And we're aware of those high-profile cases". Acosta previously served as US attorney in Miami, where his office identified 36 underage victims and issued a 53-page indictment against Epstein in 2007.

The request appeared to contradict the stance of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has publicly poured cold water on the prospect of hauling in the Trump official before Congress.

They acknowledged, however, that the failure to consult victims "fell short of the government's dedication to serve victims to the best of its ability" and prosecutors "should have communicated with the victims in a straightforward and transparent way".

"The alleged behavior shocks the conscience", Berman said.

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Acosta said Wednesday that the case started as a state matter, not with his office.

A federal judge this year ruled that prosecutors violated the rights of the victims by failing to notify them of an agreement not to bring federal charges.

"One just kept repeating that she was so happy he was finally off the streets", Edwards said.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted, "We need leaders committed to fighting for justice for survivors of abuse, not protecting predators".

Acosta is a former federal prosecutor in South Florida. Trump glanced toward the assembled press, but did not answer.

The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in NY on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend.

He also defended the 2007 plea agreement.

Epstein only served 13 months in prison for felony prostitution charges and received immunity from federal sex-trafficking charges that could have sent him to prison for life in 2008.

Meanwhile, prosecutors stated that hundreds, possibly thousands, of "sexually suggestive" photographs of nude underage girls have been seized from Jeffrey Epstein's New York City mansion as part of an ongoing investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations brought against the financier.

However, Acosta acknowledged the new sex-crimes charges against Epstein could "more fully bring him to justice". But he was allowed to leave the detention facility for up to 16 hours per day.

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