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Alex Acosta Resigns As Labor Secretary

Alex Acosta resigns as Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced Friday he will resign as Labor secretary amid mounting scrutiny over his role in negotiating a secret plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of young girls.

Trump defended Acosta, saying that he “did an unbelievable job as secretary of Labor” and added it was Acosta’s decision to step down.

“This was him not me, because I’m with him,” Trump told reporters before leaving for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio. “I hate to see this happen.”

Acosta’s resignation will take effect next Friday. Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will lead the department on an acting basis.

The announcement comes only two days after Acosta held a nearly hour-long news conference to defend the plea deal he brokered with Epstein a decade ago when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Under the deal, Epstein avoided federal charges but pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges, served 13 months in jail and registered as a sex offender.

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