Facing calls for resignation, Acosta defends Epstein deal

Alexander Acosta after becoming Dean of the Florida International University College of Law 2009

He avoided federal prosecution and was thus spared from a lengthy jail time by pleading guilty to state charges under a plea deal.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME called the charges against Epstein "so horrendous and conduct so reprehensible, that standard practice would be that the victims would be notified of a plea agreement".

The fallout could now cost Acosta his job ...

"But unfortunately as a U.S. Attorney in Florida in 2008, @SecretaryAcosta chose to let Epstein off easy".

Mulvaney is "privately urging the president to dismiss (Acosta)", according to reporters Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett of Politico.

This morning Carrey tweeted a drawing alluding to Trump's friendship with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

"He's been just an excellent secretary of labor", Trump said, before suggesting that multiple officials, in addition to Acosta, were responsible for how the 2008 case turned out - and that they probably "would wish they'd maybe done it a different way". In Epstein's case, no federal charges were ever filed in Florida. Acosta had been asked.

Mr Epstein was ordered jailed for a bail hearing next Monday, when prosecutors plan to argue that as a regular traveller with vast wealth he might flee if released. Kirkland and Ellis partner Jay Lefkowitz was on the legal team representing Epstein in the case, and Alexander Acosta, who was a USA attorney in Miami at the time but now serves as labor secretary under President Trump, was charged with prosecuting the case. "It appears he may have been untouchable because he was systematically collecting this information on behalf of an intelligence agency". One anonymous ambassador who is still serving told the Times that "it could have been any of us". She told Guthrie that she left her school after the rape because of how close it was to Epstein's home. 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".

"While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups", Schumer's spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the New York Post.

"He's a lot of fun to be with", Trump was quoted as saying.

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"She was definitely trying to get to know me", Araoz said, adding that the woman was trying to get personal details about Araoz. "He's not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade".

Sarnoff later explained that Epstein was one of the "original funders" of the Clinton Global Initiative, gifting the former president with $4 million.

Weinstein said it's unlikely because Epstein's guilty plea involved only state crimes, while the current case involves alleged violations federal law.

"In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation", the statement added.

A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City on July 8, 2019.

Acosta took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend his handling of the case.

Either has the potential to set off something much bigger, it would appear ...

Darroch, who announced his resignation as the the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States on Wednesday, has been mired in controversy ever since the memos he sent back to London describing President Trump as "insecure" and "incompetent" were leaked. The prosecutor said that after Epstein's arrest, investigators searched his NY home and found photos "of what appeared to be underage girls".

That agreement says there will be no prosecution of Epstein "in this district" - meaning the Southern District of Florida - though it doesn't include language specifically precluding other districts from prosecuting him, an addition that is common in such documents.

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