Labor Secretary Acosta to hold news conference after Epstein fallout

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for Acosta to resign over Epstein deal

Trump defends Labor Secretary Acosta facing pressure to step down over billionaire Epstein's sex-crimes case - Xinhua |

In 2008, Epstein was indicted on multiple sex-related charges by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

"I had a falling out with him a long time ago", Trump told reporters at the White House about his relationship with Epstein.

None of those people were mentioned in the indictment.

Now, after veteran Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown past year exposed how Acosta let Epstein walk away with the deal of a lifetime, Epstein has been arrested on new sex-trafficking charges related to incidents that allegedly occurred in 2005. If convicted, Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison, which Berman said, because of Epstein's age, amounts to a life sentence. "No jail time. Nothing".

Prosecutors have said Epstein should be denied bail, arguing he poses an "extraordinary risk of flight" because of his wealth, private planes and significant global ties.

The search uncovered hundreds of photographs of what appeared to be underage girls.

"He hurt me badly", Araoz said "This is one way for me to get justice". Prosecutors this week said that when they arrested Epstein and raided his home, they found locked safes full of child pornography, including videos of underage girls. In 2002, he said he'd known Epstein for 15 years and he was "a terrific guy" who enjoyed women "on the younger side.' Epstein was also reportedly a regular at the Mar-a-Lago club for years". "He's a lot of fun to be with. I was really scared", said Jennifer Araoz.

Clinton once said through a spokesman, "Jeffrey is both a highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of twenty-first-century science".

As previously reported by Law&Crime, Acosta's Tuesday tweets were widely panned by legal experts, many of whom said that, at the time of Epstein's plea deal, Acosta's office possessed a great deal of the evidence now being utilized by prosecutors in the Southern District of NY.

Over the course of the next two decades, his company continued to prosper - and by the early 2000s, Epstein had become a multi-billionaire himself. "Epstein smirks as Trump inappropriately touches a young girl".

Epstein, recognized for his association with politicians and royalty, already faced the same accusations in 2008, in which he was alleged to have sexually abused dozens of girls as young as 14 between 1999 and 2007.

"Without the work of our prosecutors, Epstein would have gotten away with just that state charge" and avoided jail time, Acosta told reporters.

While there, he was allowed to hire his own "security detail" - and to work at his firm's downtown office 12-hours-per-day six days per week. Berman, the USA attorney, said he was not bound by it.

A senior administration official tells The Associated Press that Trump encouraged Acosta to hold a press conference laying out his thinking and role on the plea deal.

Epstein, arrested over the weekend, is expected to make his first court appearance on the new charges Monday in New York City. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was Miami U.S. attorney when the plea deal was reached, also offered support for the new charges. A spokeswoman for the Labor Department declined to comment on Sunday.

Acosta says the prosecution didn't want to share with the victims that there were efforts to gain restitution for them from Epstein.

The Daily Beast reporter, Vicky Ward, wrote a profile of Epstein in 2003 for Vanity Fair but said later that her editor deleted numerous most salacious details in her story despite victims' willingness to go on the record.

"In light of new information and allegations that have been made against Jeffrey Epstein I have chose to make contributions to Virgin Islands organizations that work with women and children in the amount of his previous contributions", Plaskett said in a statement July 9. Rossmiller said no additional indictment was imminent but it was possible "down the road".

Federal prosecutors recently filed court papers in the Florida case contending the deal must stand. Even so, the Department of Justice said in a June court filing that there was no reason to cancel it.

Democrats in Congress have called for Acosta to resign, over the "sweetheart deal" and urged the Justice Department to release its review publicly.

Nadler added Tuesday that the 2008 deal disqualifies Acosta to serve in "any office in the United States".

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