Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stepping down

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Democrats had called for him to quit over his handling of the Epstein case. Acosta faced renewed scrutiny over the case after Epstein was arrested on new federal sex trafficking charges in NY last week. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside.

Trump called Acosta "a great Labor Secretary, not a good Labor Secretary", "a fantastic Secretary of Labor", and emphasized that "he's done a fantastic job".

It was there that he handled Mr Epstein's first case involving sex with girls, which resulted in a punishment that critics say was far too lenient.

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President Donald Trump announced on Friday that his embattled labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, has resigned. But it is Acosta's handling of the Epstein case, albeit 12 years ago, that became the hot button topic of conversation over the past 72 hours. It wasn't enough to save his job.

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The Epstein case is a ideal storm of scandal and outrage.

Now the toxic swirl has claimed its first high-profile name.

Acosta will remain in the administration until next week. The level of churn in his administration, whether through scandal, burn-out or presidential disfavour, is extraordinary.

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"He doesn't have to do this", Trump said, according to footage of the event from ABC.

Last week Epstein was arrested by federal law enforcement authorities and charged with a slew of crimes, including sex trafficking of underage girls. Epstein had a social circle that over the years has included Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew. "It is even said that he likes attractive women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side". "It's what I do".

Acosta, the only Hispanic in Trump's Cabinet, said he had submitted his resignation to take effect in a week. "This is him, not me, because I'm with him".

But Trump did not originally want to be seen as cutting ties with him over a decade-old episode, even as some of his longest advisers believed Acosta's departure was inevitable given the cascade of sustained news coverage and the facts of the case.

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In his press conference defending the 2008 plea deal, Acosta tried to paint himself the knight in shining, not rusted, armor.

"That is why we intervened", he said. But Acosta had defended his actions, insisting at a news conference Wednesday that he got the toughest deal on Epstein that he could get at the time. It's the monster Epstein, and the man who saved the monster from going to prison for the rest of his life. We'll have to look at it very carefully.

USA financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.

Pressed on whether he had any regrets, Acosta repeatedly suggested that circumstances had changed since then. In February, a judge ruled that Acosta violated the law by not telling them about the deal.

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