cloudy.png
Sunday August 25th, 2019 2:09PM

Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and a growing number of other congressional Democrats declared Tuesday that President Donald Trump's labor secretary should quit because of his role in a secret 2008 plea deal that let a wealthy financier avoid prison after allegations of molesting dozens of teenage girls.

Joining Schumer on Tuesday in seeking Alexander Acosta's resignation were Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, both presidential candidates, and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the party's 2016 vice presidential nominee. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said the same late Monday.

Acosta and by extension Trump, who appointed him to his Cabinet post, have drawn renewed attention since federal prosecutors unveiled an indictment Monday charging Jeffrey Epstein with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in the early 2000s.

Epstein, known for a jet-setting lifestyle and connections to the powerful including Trump and former President Bill Clinton, could face up to 45 years in prison if he is convicted on the sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

Acosta was a South Florida federal prosecutor when he was involved in a 2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid prosecution on federal charges. That investigation involved at least 40 teenage girls, and the agreement let him avoid a possible life sentence if he had been convicted.

Schumer said on the Senate floor that the evidence against Epstein in 2008 was overwhelming, and he expressed incredulity that Acosta was able to agree to an arrangement that let him avoid prison. He said Acosta should step aside and Trump should fire him if he does not.

"Instead of prosecuting a predator and serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta chose to let him off easy," Schumer said. "This is not acceptable. We cannot have as one of the leading appointed officials in America someone who has done this."

Klobuchar tweeted, "Since when do underage girl sex ring traffickers get to go to their office every day while they serve their time?"

Under the 2008 deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution and served 13 months in jail, during which he was allowed out to go to his office during the day.

Referring to the Labor secretary's post, Gillibrand told a reporter in Manchester, New Hampshire, that Acosta "never should have been there in the first place."

Monday night, Pelosi tweeted, "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." She added the hashtag, #AcostaResign.

Trump had called Epstein a "terrific guy" in a New York Magazine article in 2002 and said he'd known the financier for 15 years.

"He's a lot of fun to be with," Trump was quoted as saying. "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."

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that Trump hasn't had any contact with Epstein in "years and years and years." She said Trump considers the actions Epstein is accused of "completely unconscionable and obviously criminal. Disgusting."

Conway also defended Acosta, telling reporters to remember who the "perpetrator is here."

Epstein has also won praise from former President Clinton for his philanthropic efforts, and Clinton frequently flew aboard Epstein's private jet.

___

AP reporter Hunter Woodall in Manchester, New Hampshire, contributed.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Business
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea
A growing collection of other congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump's labor secretary should quit because of his role in a 2008 plea deal that let a billionaire financier escape prison time for alleged sex crimes
10:35AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Federal court: Trump can't ban critics from Twitter account
A federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can't ban critics from his Twitter account
10:32AM ( 13 minutes ago )
Chasing an 8th Wimbledon title, Williams beats Riske in 3
When Serena Williams' serve wasn't getting her all the points she needed at Wimbledon, she turned to her return game
10:31AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Amy McGrath running for Mitch McConnell's US Senate seat
Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath, who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky in 2018, has set her sights on a more formidable target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's seat
9:52AM ( 53 minutes ago )
Validity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearing
An appeals court Tuesday will hear arguments on whether Obamacare is still
9:51AM ( 54 minutes ago )
What did Jeffrey Epstein's famous friends know and see?
A top adviser to President Donald Trump says Trump hasn't spoken to or had any contact with billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein in 'years and years and years'
9:40AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Spain still stuck in political deadlock as party talks fail
Spain's center-left Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez has failed to win the support of the far-left We Can party for his bid to form a government, prolonging the political limbo in the eurozone's fourth largest economy
9:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Former Argentine President De la Rua dies at 81
Former Argentine President Fernando De la Rúa, who attracted voters with his image as an honest statesman and later left the country plunged into its worst economic crisis, has died at age 81
8:41AM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: UK's Labour calls for new Brexit referendum
Britain's main opposition Labour Party says the government should hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain in the bloc
7:14AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Elections
The Latest: New Greek prime minister names Cabinet members
Greece's new conservative prime minister has announced the members of his Cabinet less than a day after his party won a general election
1:04PM ( 21 hours ago )
Greece: Extreme right party seeks recount after poll flop
Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party says it will challenge an election result that saw it knocked out of Parliament, after a decline in support for the neo-Nazi-linked party that rose to third place at the height of the country's financial crisis
10:21AM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: New Greek PM reminded of eurozone agreements
The finance minister of the Netherlands says Greece's new conservative government will have little leeway to change the country's economic reform and debt-reduction policies since they were adopted in agreement with other eurozone nations
10:14AM ( 1 day ago )
General Election News
Former Rep. Scott Taylor announces US Senate bid in Virginia
Republican former Rep. Scott Taylor says he's running for US Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Democrat Mark Warner
1:20PM ( 21 hours ago )
Judge will rule on key pretrial motions for congressman
A federal judge is expected to rule on a bid by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter to move his trial on charges that he looted campaign funds for personal use and even to dismiss charges
12:05AM ( 1 day ago )
Hickenlooper: Vast majority of campaign's problem 'was me'
Hickenlooper acknowledges he needs to improve as staff shakeup raises questions about his campaign
9:53PM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
Powell says bank stress tests need to keep evolving
Fed Chairman Powell says annual bank stress tests, while successful, will need to keep evolving
9:07AM ( 1 hour ago )
Japan gov't to pay damages to kin over leprosy isolation
Japan's government says it will abide by a court ruling ordering it to compensate former leprosy patients' families over a lengthy segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice
8:58AM ( 1 hour ago )
Japan says it won't discuss or retract SKorea export rules
Japan rebuffs call for negotiations over tightened controls on exports to South Korea
8:55AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Federal court: Trump can't ban critics from Twitter account
A federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can't ban critics from his Twitter account
10:32AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Chasing an 8th Wimbledon title, Williams beats Riske in 3
When Serena Williams' serve wasn't getting her all the points she needed at Wimbledon, she turned to her return game
10:31AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot dies aged 89
Self-made Texas billionaire and two-time presidential candidate H. Ross Perot has died
10:27AM ( 19 minutes ago )
After arrest, Epstein challenges victims in Florida court
Jeffrey Epstein is challenging victims of his underage sexual abuse in a Florida court, hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case
10:23AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Amazon, Microsoft wage war over the Pentagon's 'war cloud'
Amazon and Microsoft are battling for a $10 billion prize to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud."
10:21AM ( 24 minutes ago )