Alex Acosta Resigns as Trump's Labor Secretary Amid Epstein Controversy
Trump said in response that he ‘stands by him’ and that he had nothing to do with the decision
7/12/19, 2:41 pm EDT
By John Corry, photo from NYDailyNews
Less than a week after billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges, the guy he cut a deal with the last time he got arrested has resigned his most current post: as secretary of labor for current president Donald Trump.
Alexander Acosta got Epstein a lenient (to put it lightly) plea deal in 2008 after Epstein was convicted for soliciting prostitution of underage girls in Miami, but, on Saturday, was arrested again for sex trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005. Since then: the story has been a frenzy. It is unclear how long Epstein was engaged in illicit activity, and it’s been alleged that everyone from Kevin Spacey to Bill Clinton to Donald Trump was involved in some way.
Since the announcement less than a week ago, over a dozen additional women have already come forth with allegations of misconduct, and outrage over the details continues to further drama-ma-ta-zize: along with the controversy surrounding Acosta, President Trump continues to deny any serious connection, and former President Bill Clinton has gone radio silent after evidence has come out contradicting his statement earlier this week that he’d flown on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ only four times and always with security detail.
"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 we have today," Acosta said today to reporters outside the White House, continuing, "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."
Epstein’s finances have come into question (though that line is still a little murky), and it should be noted that his private island in the virgin islands was dubbed ‘pedophile island’ and ‘orgy island’ by the locals for at least the last decade.