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Labor Sec. Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Scandal

HeadlineJul 15, 2019

Alex Acosta is out as labor secretary amid the fallout from the Jeffrey Epstein case. Trump announced the departure on Friday, saying the decision was Acosta’s. Two days earlier, Acosta continued to defend himself for his plea deal with accused serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, when he was a U.S. prosecutor. Epstein, who is now standing trial in New York on similar charges, received just 13 months in county jail despite being accused of sexually abusing and trafficking hundreds of underage girls.

Trump has tapped Patrick Pizzella as acting labor secretary. Pizzella, the current deputy labor secretary, is known for opposing labor rights. In the 1990s, he worked with disgraced Republican lobbyist—and now ex-convict—Jack Abramoff to deny worker protections in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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