Nothing you do these days is ever forgotten or truly secret, especially if your name is Alexander Acosta and you're being scrutinized over how you handled super-rich guy Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 SECRET plea deal that basically got him a slap on the wrist for crimes most parents would lose their minds over. You know, the whole thing where Epstein was accused of sexually abusing DOZENS of underage girls. That kinda thing. While Epstein is truly the horrible person you think he is, it doesn't help that Acosta gave him the equivalent of writing his name on the board 100 times during recess when Epstein could've found himself in jail for years. Acosta is now resigning from his position of Labor Secretary.
So what happened? Well, Acosta handled Epstein's plea deal back in 2008. Based on a report by Fox 23 Maine, "Epstein, 66, reached the deal to secretly end a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life. He instead pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and is a registered sex offender."
You have to wonder what really happened here considering it was secret and also wonder if there's a trail of money that leaked out of the grimey billionaire Epstein and into the hands of Acosta. Of course, that's nothing more than pure speculation, but why would there be a SECRET plea deal that ends the investigation if the guy is a known abuser of underage girls? Is it because he's white, wealthy, and connected? Yeah, probably. That's stuff you see in movies, but that's also stuff you see in real life.
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"Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges, plead 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."
The Miami Herald brought this 2008 deal back to reality when they discussed it, and quite frankly, it doesn't look good for Acosta. It looks better for him than it does for Epstein, but now people on all sides of politics are wondering about what's going on with Acosta.
He had a news conference to explain himself and defend what he did. It seems like that was the best deal available and the only one they could get that would see Epstein serve time. I don't know the specifics of the case or the evidence, but if that's the only deal they could get, then why? That remains to be known.
Acosta said at his news conference, "We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail. We believe that we proceeded appropriately."
Acosta will resign and it will be effective in about a week. Trump said he was a great labor secretary and that he doesn't like to see this happen. Trump claims he didn't ask Acosta to leave.
Acosta tries to paint himself as a distraction who is leaving on their own free will, as he said "My point here today is we have an amazing economy and the focus needs to be on the economy job creation."
He has a point there, but the other side of his story is that he's getting wrecked from all angles and looks really bad now that Epstein has been arrested for similar crimes he likely committed before.
Some of the Democratic lawmakers are calling out Acosta because he apparently did not notify the victims about Epstein's deal in 2008, and the Justice Department might be investigating it.