Labor Sec. Acosta Steps Down Amid Epstein Controversy

Eric Schaffer | July 12, 2019
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Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who has come under intense scrutiny in regards to a plea deal he brokered with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 while serving as a US Attorney in Florida, resigned on Friday.

"Over the last week I've seen a lot of coverage of the Department of Labor. And what I have not seen is the incredible job creation that we've seen in this economy... 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,” Acosta said as the President stood next to him. "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today,” Acosta continued.

Acosta’s resignation, according to the Labor Secretary, will come into effect seven days from now. 

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