Alexander Acosta stepping down as Labor secretary amid scrutiny of his handling of Epstein plea deal

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12-07-19 03:18:00,

US Labor Secretary Alex Acosta will step down from his position, just days after holding a press conference to defend a plea deal he helped to obtain for sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as a US attorney over ten years ago.

President Donald Trump announced the resignation at the White House on Friday morning, with Acosta at his side. The president said he left the decision up to the secretary, and lauded him as a “great labor secretary, not a good one.”

I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta said.

Acosta has stood by his involvement in the 2007 Epstein case, in which he brokered a plea deal for the accused, but a federal judge ruled in February that the former prosecutor violated the law by failing to notify Epstein’s victims of the terms of the deal. Democratic critics of the Trump administration have since called for his resignation.

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The secretary “must step down” because “he engaged in an unconscionable agreement” with Epstein, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said last week. She was joined by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who also demanded Acosta step down.

In a series of tweets attempting to address the criticisms, the now-former labor secretary said he was “pleased” to learn authorities were going ahead with another investigation of Epstein, who was arrested again on July 6 for sex trafficking and exploitation of minors, and pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday.

“Now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice,” Acosta said. 

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Epstein, a billionaire New York financier, was first convicted of soliciting prostitution from a 14-year-old in 2008, for which he served 13 months in custody. some of which was spent on work release, the plea deal secured for him by Acosta ensured his indictment was sealed,

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Eilmeldung: Alex Acosta behauptete, Jeffrey Epstein gehöre zum Geheimdienst

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11-07-19 02:12:00,

Michael Krüger

Die bizarren Fakten über Jeffrey Epstein und die Menschen in seinen engsten Kreisen häufen sich. Was ist dran an den Erpressungsvorwürfen und was gibt es noch über Epstein zu wissen, der in engem Kontakt zu den reichsten und mächtigsten Menschen der Welt stand? Daily Beast berichtete:

»›Wird der Fall Epstein größere Probleme (in den Anhörungen) mit sich bringen, als gedacht?‹, wurde Acosta gefragt. Acosta hatte anscheinend erklärt, dass er im Fall Epstein damals nur einmal vor Gericht war. Er hatte bezüglich der Strafverfolgung mit einem von Epsteins Anwälten einen Deal ausgehandelt, weil ihm »befohlen« worden war, sich zurückzuhalten, da Epstein über seiner Gehaltsklasse lag. ›Mir wurde gesagt, Epstein gehöre zum Geheimdienst und man solle ihn in Ruhe lassen‹, erzählte er seinen Interviewern während der Übergangsphase zur Trump-Regierung, denen diese Antwort offensichtlich genügte, um Acosta zu engagieren. (Das Arbeitsministerium gab keinen Kommentar dazu ab, als es anschließend befragt wurde.).«

Fast zwei Jahrzehnte lang konnte sich Epstein einer weiteren Gefängnisstrafe entziehen, obwohl seine angeblichen sexuellen Neigungen und schrecklichen Übergriffe auf Frauen in seinen Kreisen bekannt waren. Doch warum wurde nichts unternommen? Aufgrund seiner Verbindungen zu ausländischen Geheimdiensten, seiner Milliarden Dollar oder seinen sozialen Kontakten?

Die ehemalige Vanity Fair-Journalistin und Autorin Vicky Ward beschäftigte sich schon lange Zeit mit dem Leben von Epstein und schrieb bereits im Jahr 2003 Artikel über ihn. In ihrem aktuellen Artikel hält sie fest:

»Im Jahr 2003 beschäftigte ich mich für Vanity Fair viele Monate mit ihm und entdeckte nicht nur, dass er nicht der war, der er behauptete, beruflich zu sein. Angeblich hatte er zwei junge Schwestern angegriffen, von denen eine zu der Zeit minderjährig gewesen war. Sie waren sehr mutig und bereit, darüber auszusagen. Doch sie hatten Angst, dass er all seinen Einfluss nutzen würde, um sie zu diskreditieren – und ihre Angst stellte sich als berechtigt heraus.

Als der Artikel zur Veröffentlichung vorbereitet wurde, besuchte Epstein das Büro des damaligen Herausgebers von Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, und auf einmal wurden die Frauen und ihre Anschuldigungen aus dem Artikel entfernt. ›Er ist sehr empfindlich, wenn es um die jungen Frauen geht‹, sagte mir Carter zu der Zeit. (Anmerkung des Herausgebers: Carter hatte diese Behauptung bestritten.) Er erwähnte auch,

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Bombshell: Alex Acosta Reportedly Claimed Jeffrey Epstein “Belonged To Intelligence”

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11-07-19 02:12:00,

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

To appreciate the significance of what I’m about to share, you really need to go back and read yesterday’s post: The Jeffrey Epstein Rabbit Hole Goes a Lot Deeper Than You Think.

In that piece, I shared many lesser known, but extremely bizarre facts about Jeffrey Epstein and the people around him. I also noted that it appeared his real job was to run a blackmail operation to ensnare some of the most wealthy and powerful people on earth. I alluded to the possibility that he was collecting this priceless information on behalf of a third party, and then just today we learn the following via the Daily Beast:

“Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)…

For almost two decades, for some nebulous reason, whether to do with ties to foreign intelligence, his billions of dollars, or his social connections, Epstein, whose alleged sexual sickness and horrific assaults on women without means or ability to protect themselves is well-known in his circle, remained untouchable.

It should be noted the reason I attach credibility to the above is based on who wrote it, Vicky Ward. She has an extensive history of digging into Epstein, and wrote one of the earliest profiles on him back in 2003. As she notes in today’s article:

spent many months on his trail in 2002 for Vanity Fair and discovered not only that he was not who he claimed to be professionally, but also that he had allegedly assaulted two young sisters,

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Forget Jim Acosta, Matt Taibbi Explains Why You Should Care About Julian Assange

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26-11-18 08:53:00,

Authored by Matt Taibbi via RollingStone.com,

Forget Jim Acosta. If you’re worried about Trump’s assault on the press, news of a Wikileaks indictment is the real scare story…

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since the summer of 2012, is back in the news. Last week, word of a sealed federal indictment involving him leaked out.

The news came out in a strange way, via an unrelated case in Virginia. In arguing to seal a federal child endangerment charge (against someone with no connection to Wikileaks), the government, ironically, mentioned Assange as an example of why sealing is the only surefire way to keep an indictment under wraps.

“Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case,” prosecutors wrote, “no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.”

Assange’s lawyer Barry Pollack told Rolling Stone he had “not been informed that Mr. Assange has been charged, or the nature of any charges.”

Pollock and other sources could not be sure, but within the Wikileaks camp it’s believed that this charge, if it exists, is not connected to the last election.

“I would think it is not related to the 2016 election since that would seem to fall within the purview of the Office of Special Counsel,” Pollack said.

If you hate Assange because of his role in the 2016 race, please take a deep breath and consider what a criminal charge that does not involve the 2016 election might mean. An Assange prosecution could give the Trump presidency broad new powers to put Trump’s media “enemies” in jail, instead of just yanking a credential or two. The Jim Acosta business is a minor flap in comparison.

Although Assange may not be a traditional journalist in terms of motive, what he does is essentially indistinguishable from what news agencies do, and what happens to him will profoundly impact journalism.

Reporters regularly publish stolen, hacked and illegally-obtained material.

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