Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Resigns

Headline Roundup July 12th, 2019

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned amid controversy over his secret 2008 plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

President Donald Trump publicly supported Acosta's decision to resign.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Resigns

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President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the Midwest.

Acosta says stepping aside was the right decision.

He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges and served 13 months...

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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned amid controversy over his role in a 2008 plea deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

President Donald Trump said Friday that it was Acosta's decision and not his as he spoke to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin.

Acosta was standing next to Trump as the president called Acosta "a great labor secretary, not a good one."

Trump said it was very said to see him go but said Acosta told him he didn't want to distract...

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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned amid the fallout over a plea deal he made with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, a sex offender charged with human trafficking girls as young as 14.

President Donald Trump announced Acosta's resignation Friday morning with Acosta at his side. Trump said the secretary called him Friday morning to say that the decision to resign was his.

“I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta said.

Trump, who had defended Acosta after Epstein's arrest last week, praised him as a “great labor...

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