Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutiny

4 days 10 hours 57 minutes ago Friday, July 12 2019 Jul 12, 2019 Friday, July 12, 2019 9:10:00 AM CDT July 12, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.

Acosta said stepping aside was the right decision.

He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein, who avoided federal 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.

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