Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign amid firestorm surrounding Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced his resignation Friday amid criticism over his involvement in a plea deal made with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges, pleaded guilty to state charges and served 13 months in jail. Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.

Top Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates had demanded that Acosta resign over his handling of the agreement, which a federal judge has said violated federal law because Acosta did not notify Epstein’s victims of the arrangement. The Justice Department has been investigating.

Trump had initially defended Acosta but said he’d look “very closely” at his handling of the 2008 agreement.

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