Trump labor chief Acosta to address Epstein plea deal

By Canadian Press	
	 		After arrest Epstein challenges victims in Florida court				Jul 09 2019

By Canadian Press After arrest Epstein challenges victims in Florida court Jul 09 2019

Licata and another accuser, Courtney Wild, were seated in the courtroom during the hearing.

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new indictment, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.

The suit is seeking to make the details of Epstein's secret plea deal public.

Acosta said in a series of tweets Tuesday that the passage of time in this case may be an advantage because more evidence is known and more victims are willing to come forward.

"Epstein should have been behind bars years ago but unfortunately Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta cut Epstein a sweetheart deal", Schumer said.

Epstein was charged Monday in Manhattan for almost identical allegations. Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

"With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator", Acosta said.

The Justice Department said in February that its Office of Professional Responsibility was reviewing the 2008 plea deal.

Epstein pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers said the new allegations were settled in the Florida plea deal. He and Acosta had both done work with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.

That deal Epstein secretly cut allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for almost identical allegations.

According to prosecutors, Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

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But the purported photo of Trump and Epstein featured in the Facebook post is made up of two separate images.

The 2008 plea deal in Florida, where Acosta was serving as a USA attorney, allowed Epstein to plead to a lesser prostitution offense and serve 13 months in a county jail, with leave during the day.

This comes after Epstein pleaded not guilty Monday to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that Trump hasn't had any contact with Epstein in "years and years and years".

Acosta has served as Trump's labour secretary since April 2017. Conway adds that, like everyone else, the Republican president sees the sex trafficking charges against Epstein as "completely unconscionable and obviously criminal".

Trump had called Epstein a "terrific guy" in a New York Magazine article in 2002 and said he'd known the financier for 15 years.

Federal prosecutors say Epstein paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Florida and NY.

"While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees, Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups", Roefaro told the Daily News.

In 2012, Vance did not pursue charges against President Trump's children, Ivanka and Donald Jr. after they were accused of misleading investors to buy into a failing condominium project in New York City despite numerous emails and other correspondence that alluded to the Trumps intent.

Epstein has also won praise from former President Clinton for his philanthropic efforts, and Clinton frequently flew aboard Epstein's private jet. Epstein's lawyers and the US attorney's office in Miami reached a deal in 2008 that granted him immunity from federal prosecution.

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