Does Jeffrey Epstein Herald a New Era of Accountability for the Wealthy?

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2019

Acosta gave no indication he would resign after days of calls by Democrats for him to step down and said he has the support of Republican President Donald Trump.

For his part, Acosta praised the latest prosecution, calling Epstein's alleged crimes "horrific" and suggesting that prosecutors in Florida had done all they could.

Acosta has defended the deal as appropriate under the circumstances. "Now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice". He contends the agreement that spared Epstein from a lengthy sentence a decade ago is binding only on federal prosecutors in Florida, where the deal was made. That deal did seem particularly generous.

Concerns over the deal are justly bipartisan. Unlike typical plea bargains, these agreements are not made public.

According to a U.S. "The fact is he's been a very good Secretary of Labor". Most would rather wait until the DOJ issues a comprehensive report on the plea deal.

"That agreement expressly referred to that federal district", Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller said of the Florida deal.

Former federal prosecutors said they believe the agreement is limited to the Florida district, but that there still may be a path forward for Epstein's attorneys.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., also called for Acosta's resignation, tweeting that he "shielded Epstein from the justice he deserved and kept victims voiceless for over a decade".

One of several young girls who accused Epstein in a previous case brought to a Florida court in 2008, Courtney Wild was a 14-year-old junior high school student in braces when Epstein allegedly forced her into sex acts. There is little doubt that the law applies to the sex-trafficking charge against Epstein, legal experts said, but he is also charged with conspiracy to commit sex-trafficking of minors, and the 2006 law does not address conspiracy charges.

Geoffrey Berman, the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, said he would ask that Epstein be detained until trial.

"The abuse of a child is one of the most heinous, despicable abuses of power imaginable".

WHITE: Well, it's probably true because something this high-profile and potentially incendiary you would think would normally go up past the US attorney, Mr. Acosta, up to someone in the Justice Department and that other people would be consulted. "It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary Acosta's ability to lead the Department of Labor".

Acosta has served as Trump's labour secretary since April 2017.

"There are few crimes more horrendous than sexual violence against minors-and enabling that kind of predatory behavior is disgusting". So there never was a case by Acosta because he agreed not to bring one.

US billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has once again been charged with underage sex trafficking, but in the past, the financier was described as a "terrific guy" by the current US President. A judge, however, said it violated the victims' act and is considering whether to void it.

Trump, meanwhile, has defended his labor secretary, telling reporters that "if you go back and look at everybody else's decisions - whether it's a US attorney, or an assistant USA attorney or a judge - you go back 12, or 15 years ago or 20 years ago and look at their past decisions, I would think you'd probably find that they would wish they maybe did it a different way". Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) added. He actively worked to cover up and protect a serial sexual predator in the face of countless survivors.

Epstein visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and posed for photos there with Trump in 1997 and 2000.

Acosta said he would comply with any investigation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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