Acosta Refuses To Apologize To Jeffrey Epstein's Victims

Acosta Refuses To Apologize To Jeffrey Epstein's Victims

Under the once-secret deal - overseen by Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. lawyer in Miami at the time and is now Mr Trump's Labor Secretary - Mr Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. But he was unapologetic Wednesday as he declared his office did the best it could under the circumstances.

"Epstein exploited girls who were vulnerable to abuse, enticed them with cash payments, and escalated his conduct to include sex acts, often occurring at his residence on the Upper East Side of Manhattan".

Epstein was accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in charges brought against him in the Southern District of Florida but only ended up serving 13 months in prison due to a plea deal. But it was never filed, leading to Epstein's guilty plea to two state prostitution-related charges. During his jail time, Epstein was allowed to leave six days a week to work at his office. He was also required to register as a sex offender. A judge earlier this year ruled the deal was illegal.

On Monday, Epstein appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.

"We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail", Acosta said. 'He was and is a sexual predator'.

A growing number of Democrats are calling on Labor Secretary Acosta to resign for his role in granting Epstein immunity years ago in a similar case in Florida in 2007.

While CNN reported Wednesday that Acosta's position in the Trump administration "hangs by a thread", Acosta described his relationship with President Donald Trump as "outstanding", saying he had just spoke to the President who had assured him that "any articles to the contrary" were "BS".

Some of Epstein's accusers have criticized that agreement as too lenient.

Acosta says, "In our heart we were trying to do the right thing for these victims".

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On Monday, U.S. prosecutors in NY accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.

The German bank, itself a subject of unrelated government investigations, closed Epstein's accounts over several months, according to a person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. "And we're aware of those high-profile cases".

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, he dodged a pointed question about whether that version of events was true.

A status of the review is unknown. The Justice Department has said Attorney General Barr is recused from the matter because of his prior employment with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, which represented Epstein at the time.

After Clark and Acosta both agreed that more needed to be done to combat trafficking, Clark pointed out that Acosta had also "proposed a budget cut, nearly 80 percent, 79 percent to ILAB where this work is done, bringing its budget from $68 million to just $18.5 million". Federal prosecutors say, essentially, a deal's a deal and the agreement must stand.

One New York Times article about the current case features a photo of Trump and Epstein in 1997 in Palm Beach.

Of course, Trump has been downplaying his friendship with Epstein, telling reporters that the two had a falling out 15 years ago, which the Times reports some believe is the result of a sour business deal.

Throughout the news conference, Acosta repeatedly declined to apologize to Epstein's child victims, instead reflecting on the difficulty of watching the videotaped statements victims had made recounting the abuse they suffered. Prosecutors in the United States have charged the financier with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., suggested his panel might examine Acosta's plea deal "to find out how it got off the rails".

"He has a lot of explaining to do", Edwards said.

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