Alexander Acosta Resigns U.S. Labor Secretary – Embattled U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has declared he is resigning Friday morning.
Alexander Acosta Resigns U.S. Labor Secretary:
“As I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this administration’s labor department to have (Jeffrey) Epstein as the focus rather than the incredibly economy we have today.” Acosta said as he stood beside Trump at the White House before the president departed for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio for fundraising events and a speech.
Acosta had left from his handling of a decade-old plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein on abuse crime charges when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Florida’s Southern District. Acosta faced renewed scrutiny over the case after Epstein was arrested on new federal trafficking charges in New York last week.
Acosta said. “We live in a very different world. Today’s world treats victims very, very differently,” adding that “today, our judges do not allow victim-shaming by defense attorneys.”
What President Donald Trump Said About Alexander Acosta:
“I told [President Trump] the right thing was to step aside,” he continued. “Cabinet positions are temporary trusts. It would be selfish to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that’s 12 year old, rather than the amazing economy we have right now.”
“One of the key issues you lobbied on was to block bipartisan legislation for basic worker protections in the Northern Mariana Islands, where garment manufacturers could produce clothing labeled made in the USA without having to comply with U.S. minimum wage laws,” then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said.
“It has meant so much to me that you have offered your steadfast support in your private discussions and in your public remarks,” Acosta wrote. “My resignation from this position will not diminish my support for you and your agenda. I believe you have done an incredible job and have the right vision for our nation by putting working American families at the center of your presidency.”
“Alex believes that. I’m willing to live with anything,” he said. “Alex felt that way.
In a statement Friday, Jack Scarola, an attorney in Palm Beach who serves some of Epstein’s accusers, called Acosta’s decision to resign his post in President Trump’s Cabinet “very good news.”
“Mr. Acosta will now have plenty of time and no distractions that prevent him from fully accounting for the sweetheart treatment Epstein received,” he said. “We look forward to this occurring in a forum where there is no opportunity to get away with untruths, half-truths, evasion, and diversion.”
“I didn’t want anything to do with him. That was many, many years ago. It shows you one thing — that I have good taste,” Trump said of Epstein.
Mr. Trump called him “…Alex was a great Secretary of Labor and his service is truly appreciated. He will be replaced on an acting basis by Pat Pizzella, the current Deputy Secretary.” He Tweeted. “Alex Acosta informed me this morning that he felt the constant drumbeat of press about a prosecution which took place under his watch more than 12 years ago was bad for the Administration, which he so strongly believes in, and he graciously tendered his resignation….”
— Secretary Acosta (@SecretaryAcosta) July 12, 2019
….Alex was a great Secretary of Labor and his service is truly appreciated. He will be replaced on an acting basis by Pat Pizzella, the current Deputy Secretary.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019