Acosta Just Claimed He Should Be Praised For Epstein Case, Not Fired
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta broke his silence on Wednesday during a press conference dedicated to saving his job at the White House.
Acosta was the federal prosecutor who cut Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal that allowed the billionaire to plead guilty to fewer and lesser charges after he had been convicted of raping teenage girls.
Had he been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law some say he could have been jailed for life.
But according to Acosta, he should be praised. He told reporters that “Epstein would have gotten away” with no prison time had he and his office not stepped in.
But a just-published report at The Daily Beast tells a far different tale of what Acosta allegedly told the Trump transition team. Essentially, that Epstein was somehow protected by the intelligence community.
“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.
Take a look at his remarks in the video clip below:
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks on the Jeffrey Epstein case following calls for Acosta's resignation: "Times have changed and coverage of this case has certainly changed. … this matter started as a state matter" pic.twitter.com/4CLxGvpdRQ
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