President Donald Trump is a disgusting guy. Disgusting guys usually hang out with other disgusting guys, because who else could stand them? So, you can assume his Cabinet picks that are up for confirmation are also fairly disgusting guys.
So, it’s no surprise that in 2002, Trump referred to Jeffrey Epstein as a “terrific guy” who was “a lot of fun to be with.” He also added that Epstein had an appreciation for beautiful women who were “on the younger side.”
On the younger side was an understatement. Epstein was discovered to have sexually abused over 40 girls. Their ages ranged from 13 to 17. However, the punishment nowhere near fit the crime. He only served 13 months in jail. Let that sink in. He got 13 months for abusing over 40 underage girls. Why?
It happened because the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida cut a “sweetheart” deal with Epstein. That former US States attorney is Alexander Acosta. It’s a big deal because Trump chose Acosta for labor secretary. It’s an even bigger deal because the Florida courts are questioning Acosta’s motives behind such a lenient punishment, and Trump is on the witness list in the court case. The Washington Post reported:
‘Now, Trump is on the witness list in a Florida court battle over how federal prosecutors handled allegations that Epstein, 64, sexually abused more than 40 minor girls, most of them between the ages of 13 and 17. The lawsuit questions why Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, former Miami U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, whose Senate confirmation hearing began Wednesday morning, cut a non-prosecution deal with Epstein a decade ago rather than pursuing a federal indictment that Acosta’s staff had advocated.’
So, Acosta’s own staff allegedly supported indicting Epstein federally. Acosta cut the guy a deal for 13 months in jail. The Washington Post noted that Epstein would have faced life in prison on federal charges.
‘Federal prosecutors detailed their findings in an 82-page prosecution memo and a 53-page indictment, but Epstein was never indicted. In 2007, Acosta signed a non-prosecution deal in which he agreed not to pursue federal charges against Epstein or four women who the government said procured girls for him. In exchange, Epstein agreed to plead guilty to a solicitation charge in state court, accept a 13-month sentence, register as a sex offender and pay restitution to the victims identified in the federal investigation.’
Let’s think about that for a moment. Acosta cut a deal with Epstein for a charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution. Solicitation is the act of asking for or offering services of sexual acts. However, it doesn’t really cover the act. It just covers the business deal. It covers the transaction. Epstein was never charged or prosecuted for anything that involved the actual act of sexual abuse, assault, molestation, etc… all things that he was accused of doing and offering to his wealthy friends and business colleagues.
The Palm Beach Police Department that performed the initial investigation filled out a probable cause affidavit with charges including “Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor (4) counts” and “Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.” However, he got off with just solicitation of prostitution.
The guy in charge of that deal is now a nominee for labor secretary, nominated by President Trump, who was friends with Epstein and thought he was a great guy.
Sen. Tim Kaine addressed this during Acosta’s confirmation hearing Wednesday. Kaine questioned Acosta about the deal and about his staff allegedly not supporting the deal. Acosta answered:
‘We deemed it necessary to become involved, and we early on had discussions within the office. We decided…that Mr. Epstein should plead guilty to two years, register as a sexual offender and concede liability so the victims could get restitution. If that were done, the federal interest would be satisfied and we would defer to the state.’
He also added:
‘Yet at the end of the day, based on the evidence, professionals within the prosecutor’s office decide that a plea that guarantees that someone goes to jail, that guarantees that someone register generally, and that guarantees other outcomes, is a good thing.’
It’s a good thing. That’s what Acosta said. It’s a good thing.
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