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Acosta Defends Role In Jeffrey Epstein Deal, Says Original Charges Offered No Jail Time

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Daily Caller
July 11, 2019

Department of Labor secretary Alex Acosta defended his role in a deal with accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during a press conference Wednesday amid calls he should resign from the Trump administration.

Acosta argued that he actually strengthened the case against Epstein in Florida as opposed to watering it down, as some have accused him of doing. The deal, made in 2008, meant that Epstein pleaded guilty to solicitation of underage prostitutes in exchange for serving 13 months of jail time and registering as a sex offender.

According to Acosta, the original charges against Epstein brought forth by state prosecutors would have ended with no jail time for the billionaire. Instead, Acosta’s office took over the case and arranged a deal to make sure Epstein went to jail or faced harsher federal charges.

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This article was posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3:25 am

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