Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and registered sex offender was recently arrested in New York on charges of sex-trafficking dating to the early 2000’s. He was taken into federal custody on Saturday.
It has been reported that Epstein and Trump knew each other during the time of his sex offenses.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is responsible for a 2008 plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein. He is now facing a large amount of scrutiny over the deal including criticism from the conservative Fox News network.
On Monday, Fox News’ Steve Hilton called for Acosta to resign for his role in helping garner a plea deal for Epstein in which he served just a little over a year for a sex crimes conviction.
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According to Fox Atlanta:
‘Epstein’s deal was overseen by former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who is now Trump’s labor secretary. Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances, though the White House said in February that it was “looking into” his handling of the deal.’
According to POLITICO:
‘The agreement resulted in Epstein pleading guilty in state court to two counts of felony prostitution and serving only 13 months of an 18-month sentence, with daily furloughs so Epstein could go to his office. Epstein was also required to register as a sex offender and to pay restitution to three dozen victims.’
Hilton is not a stranger to staunchly conservative rants including a recent one on Monday where he bragged on Trump for honoring his country on July 4 in the rain – the same day Mr. Trump made a speech saying planes existed in 1776.
Hilton who hosts “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton” asked:
‘Will we finally see some accountability from Alex Acosta? In my view, it really is time for him to go.’
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah (R) agreed with him saying he would be “surprised” if the president did not fire the labor secretary. Chaffetz said:
‘When you continue to make yourself the issue and distract from the president’s agenda, you no longer need to be serving there, and this is not going to go away. This case is going to continue on.’
‘It’s not anything he has done since President Trump appointed him. This is, as you said, a long time ago. But there’s something about it. It’s so egregious. It’s so revolting. You just think, “Come on.”‘
Epstein pleaded “not guilty” to his charges on Monday. According to prosecutors, he likely sexually abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005. It was also reported by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman that federal agents recovered nude photographs of apparently underage girls from his mansion in New York.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) released a statement on Epstein saying:
‘This monster received a pathetically soft sentence last time and his victims deserve nothing less than justice. Justice doesn’t depend on the size of your bank account.’
According to The Week, there was a much more recent connection between Trump and Epstein:
‘During the 2016 presidential campaign, an unnamed woman accused Trump of raping her in 1994 at one of Epstein’s Manhattan parties. She would’ve been 14 at the time. The woman eventually withdrew her suit. Another woman said she was recruited in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to be Epstein’s “sex slave.”‘
Just a couple of weeks ago, a well-known writer also accused Trump of sexual assault.
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