Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announced his resignation on Friday morning, saying that his decision was made amidst controversy over how he handled a sex-crimes case against Jeffery Epstein when he was a U.S. attorney in Southern Florida. Acosta made the announcement standing next to President Trump, who said that he received the call from Acosta in the morning and that it was fully Acosta’s decision to resign.
A Florida judge ruled in February that Acosta’s team broke the law by concealing the 30 underage victims that Epstein sexually abused from the public. “The Department of Justice needs to swiftly investigate whether Secretary Acosta violated standard DOJ practice in giving Epstein this sweetheart deal, ensure accountability for any wrongdoing and pursue justice for survivors,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said.
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