U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta says he is not resigning, even after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), as well as others, have called for his resignation for allowing sex offender Jeffrey Epstein off the hook in 2008.
Epstein, who was recently arrested in New York City and plead not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and se trafficking conspiracy, has given a very light sentence by then-U.S. State Attorney Acosta, who is now trying to pin the blame on former Palm Beach State Attorney , Barry Krischer,
During a press conference called to address the Epstein arrest, Acosta said that he was “pleased that the New York prosecution” was going forward, but continued to defend the deal he struck with Epstein.
Acosta also said that “a single charged” was recommended in 2006, and that charge would have “resulted in no jail time at all,” adding that Epstein would not have been made to register as “sexual offender, and no restitution to the victim” would have happened if not for his prosecutors.
The House Oversight Committee has now “invited” Secretary Acosta to attend a hearing to discuss his apparent weak plea deal with Epstein.
Wasserman Schultz is calling Acosta’s plea deal negotiation with Epstein “heinous,” saying that his actions protected the convicted serial predator.
“I have been calling for Acosta to resign for months,” noted Wasserman Schultz “I am ready to hold him accountable for his heinous actions protecting serial predator Jeffrey Epstein.
Current State Attorney Dave Aronberg appearing on Fox News, where he said he “didn’t understand” Secretary Acosta argument “that he needed to drop the case, to make the case,” adding that he believes that Acosta’s defense leaves “a lot more questions than answers today.”
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) July 10, 2019