Demand Labor Secretary Acosta Resign for Coverup of a Sexual Predator's Crimes
UPDATE (2/21/19): A federal judge has ruled that federal prosecutors, including current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims.
In November of 2018, the Miami Herald published a damning story describing how former US prosecutor and current US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta struck a deal to protect alleged serial sexual predator and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. In 2007, Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of underage girls, some of whom were allegedly victims of international sex trafficking. Despite the scope and severity of Epstein’s crimes, Acosta approved a plea deal that let Epstein off with just two prostitution-related convictions and a mere 13 month prison stay, during which Acosta was given work-release privileges normally not granted to sex offenders. The deal also granted federal immunity to Epstein’s accomplices and any unindicted co-conspirators, thus offering sweeping protections to an unknown number of other sexual predators. In an apparent violation of the 2004 Crime Victims Act, the alleged victims of Epstein’s predatory behavior never had the chance to face their abuser in court and were not informed of the plea deal before it was approved.
The deal’s ostensible violation of the 2004 Crime Victims Act, blanket protection of unknown numbers of other predators, and bizarrely lenient terms for Epstein necessitate robust investigation and call into question Acosta’s professional judgment and integrity. Congress must demand Acosta’s resignation and join House Democrats and senators from both sides of the aisle in calling for a full investigation of the Acosta-Epstein plea deal.