Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid scrutiny over Jeffrey Epstein 2008 plea deal

Trump Labor Secretary under fire for his previous handling of Jeffrey Epstein case in Florida

Alex Acosta is out of his Trump Administration Labor Secretary job, resigning today and leaving one week from today.

I imagine he's hiring criminal defense lawyers for what sure looks to this non-lawyer like his illegal handling of a serial child rapist's case.

When Acosta was a federal prosecutor in 2008, he gave Epstein "a joke of a plea deal on sex crime charges," as my colleague wrote here yesterday about Acosta's joke of a video.

Was there a conspiracy, investigators will likely ask. This feels like it may be news that hits before even bigger news.

Acosta's handling of the Florida case against accused billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago is under fire this week, now that Epstein has been arrested by the feds on new sexual abuse charges involving conduct in New York state, and charges of trafficking across state lines.

Trump announced to reporters today, Friday morning, that Acosta had called Trump to resign, saying it was Acosta's decision to leave — in other words, he wasn't fired.

Trump called Acosta a "great labor secretary, not a good one," saying he did a "very good job" during his tenure.

Julia Reinstein at Buzzfeed News:

Jeffrey Epstein — whose associates include President Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton — was arrested on July 6 after being accused of running a sex trafficking ring and sexually abusing girls as young as 14.

He has been charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Prosecutors also say they found photos of naked young women inside a safe in his Manhattan mansion.

Back in 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting prostitution and served 13 months in jail. He was also required to register as a sex offender.

But he had initially been accused of sexually abusing and trafficking dozens of underage girls at his home in Palm Beach, Florida — charges for which he could have faced life in prison. However, as was first revealed in November by the Miami Herald, Acosta — who was then serving as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida — offered Epstein a lenient plea deal.

The plea deal granted immunity to "any potential co-conspirators'' in Epstein's crimes, and it was concealed from his victims until approved by a judge.

[PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore, cc/by-sa/2.0/]