As the News Blender reported on Monday Jeffrey Epstein, a politically connected multimillionaire, was arrested and charged with sex trafficking minors and conspiracy.
The new charges bring back to light an old plea deal that Epstein entered into with then-U.S. Attorney, now Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, in 2008
The deal as noted by the Washington Post, allowed Epstein to plead guilty to state solicitation charges where he received thirteen months in jail. At the time he was looking at the possibility of life in prison.
The non-prosecution agreement made news in November of 2018 when Miami Herald Investigative Journalist’s Emily Michot, and Julie Brown, published a detailed expo that revealed that not only did Epstein’s plea deal allow him to escape a harsher sentence, it “essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.”
In February of 2019 USA Today reported that U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, ruled that the plea deal between Epstein and Acosta, “broke the law in a sex trafficking case against a billionaire New York hedge fund manager by not informing his underage sex victims of a plea agreement.”
The recent charges and in light of the plea deal lawmakers have called for Acosta to resign as Labor Secretary.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
.@SecretaryAcosta must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice. This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet. #AcostaResign— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 9, 2019
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that while speaking to reporters the Democrat leader of the House, seemed to back away from launching an impeachment inquiry into Acosta saying, “It’s up to the president, it’s his Cabinet. We have a great deal of work to do here for the good of the American people, need to focus on that.”
Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
I opposed Secretary Acosta's nomination, and voted against his confirmation. The last few days have only highlighted how ethically compromised and unfit to serve he is. Acosta must resign—now. https://t.co/0XPrLO4N9K— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 9, 2019
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "I am calling on Secretary Acosta to resign. It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary Acosta's ability to lead the Department of Labor. If he refuses to resign, President Trump should fire him." https://t.co/5xPRDHls00 pic.twitter.com/3LUN9IP3En— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2019
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) via MSNBC
Rep. Kathleen Rice: "I was a prosector for 20+ and spent my career fighting for victims and their families. As a U.S. Attorney, Secretary Acosta crafted a plea deal that protected a serial sexual predator and silenced his victims. This is an easy one for me, he needs to resign."— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 9, 2019
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
The deal Acosta made with Epstein was secret, outrageous, unconscionable, & immoral. Recent events have added powerful new evidence to the case for holding Acosta accountable for a sweetheart deal that betrayed young survivors & basic justice. He must resign.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) July 9, 2019
Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Sen. Sanders on Labor Sec. Acosta: "He should be asked to resign because of his role in the process with Epstein.." pic.twitter.com/AI3rEBX28C— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 9, 2019
Ted Cruz (R-TX) called Epstein’s behavior despicable.
Fully agree. Epstein’s conduct was despicable, and everyone who participated should be vigorously prosecuted. https://t.co/84X4bNytvr— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 8, 2019
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) via CNN.
Asked House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy moments ago whether Alex Acosta should resign over the previous Epstein plea deal: “I don’t know enough about it to say.”— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 9, 2019
In April 2019 during a budget hearing Acosta defended the handling of the Epstein matter.
He told Rep. K. Clark (D-MA) that he made the best deal possible saying that with the deal “he went to jail,” adding “the world was put on notice that Epstein was a predator.”
April 3, 2019: @RepKClark to Secretary Acosta regarding Jeffrey Epstein case: "You chose wealthy and well-connected people, child rapists, over the victims in this case." pic.twitter.com/pNkjhyiOam— CSPAN (@cspan) July 9, 2019
April 3, 2019: Exchange between @RepLoisFrankel and Secretary Acosta on Jeffrey Epstein case. pic.twitter.com/U3awKvEGsp— CSPAN (@cspan) July 9, 2019
On Tuesday President Trump when asked about the charges against Epstein, he said the two had a falling out about fifteen years ago, adding, “I was not a fan of his,” he added that he felt “very badly, actually, for Secretary Acosta.”
Trump just now in the Oval: "I feel very badly, actually, for Secretary Acosta."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 9, 2019
Via ABC pic.twitter.com/b5kZqRf5IP
In 2002 while speaking to New York Magazine the President, then-businessman Donald Trump told them regarding Epstein, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
A few hours before the President weighed-in on Epstein and Acosta, Acosta himself weighed in on the new Epstein charges.
The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence.— Secretary Acosta (@SecretaryAcosta) July 9, 2019
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.— Secretary Acosta (@SecretaryAcosta) July 9, 2019
Now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice.— Secretary Acosta (@SecretaryAcosta) July 9, 2019
For What It’s Worth.
White House Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway spoke with reporters this morning regarding Acosta and Epstein.
Kellyanne Conway: "[President Trump] met Alex Acosta when Alex applied and got the job, where he’s doing a great job. I mean, look at the economy." https://t.co/5jN8SptuQQ pic.twitter.com/ndBSON8fNO— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2019
For a look at how Twitter users are responding to the Secretary’s bold tweets regarding Epstein.
Acosta Dares to Weigh in on Epstein Case After Sweetheart Deal 10 Years Ago https://t.co/KsUGIIJOzy— Snip🦈Bytes (@SnipBytes) July 9, 2019
Why This Should Matter.
Epstein is a sexual predator, a judge ruled that Acosta broke the law, when he made the deal with Acosta, he is currently working for us, “We the People,” he should resign, it’s the right thing to do.
However, the House has power too, they won in 2018, not because of health care, not because of climate change, but in order to hold President Trump and his Administration responsible, something they continue to fail at.
I know others disagree with me about the Democrats and that’s fine, but at some point, these elected officials, regardless of their capital letter or team jersey, need to stop talking the right game and actually do the right thing.