Prosecutors allege Epstein paid $350,000 to potential witnesses

United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Department of Labor. He was discussing his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in Florida in 2008. (RESTRICTION NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75

United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta holds a press conference at the Department of Labor. He was discussing his prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein in Florida in 2008. (RESTRICTION NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75

The Friday announcement was seen as "a victory" by those still angered Acosta's handling of a 2008 sex crimes case involving wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Mr Epstein had faced similar charges in 2007, but negotiated a deal to avoid federal prosecution and plead guilty to a single Florida state prostitution charge.

Billionaire and heinous pervert Jeffrey Epstein has been accused of tampering with a witness after allegedly wiring $350,000 to two people who could have been potential witnesses against him. And he, at that time, at the hearing, was saying the action he took was [to hold Epstein accountable].

Epstein is accused of sexually abusing underage girls, some as young as 14. The president, who publicly faults the news media nearly daily, said Acosta put the blame there, too. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla. However, following the conference, Barry Krischer, who was the state attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida at the time, contradicted Acosta's depiction of the case.

The allegation came in a court filing by federal prosecutors in NY, who recently arrested and charged Epstein with sexually abusing dozens of young girls from 2002 to 2005.

According to an indictment against him, Epstein arranged for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude "massages" and other sex acts, and paid some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005.

The case is being brought more than a decade after Epstein secretly cut a deal with prosecutors to dispose of almost identical allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in NY.

The plea also stipulated that Epstein register as a sex offender.

President Donald Trump assured reporters this morning that Acosta had come to the decision all on his own.

Prosecutors said evidence against Epstein has grown since his arrest Saturday after several additional women identified themselves to the government as victims and dozens of individuals called prosecutors to convey information about Epstein and his crimes. "We look forward to this occurring in a forum where there is no opportunity to get away with untruths, half-truths, evasion, and diversion".

Epstein's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He repeated that endorsement of his performance on Friday, but admitted the questions about the Epstein deal had become a "distraction". "I have done many [cases] much less troubling than this one where [prosecutors] would never make a downward argument like this".

"As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed - despite a federal law to the contrary - that the deal would be kept from the victims". The department also plays a role in combatting human trafficking. He said the Epstein case stood out.

"Jeffrey Epstein is not a man I respected", he said.

Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he'd had just one meeting on the Epstein's attorneys because he had "been told" to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade.

"I called the President this [Friday] morning". "Not just him. I can only say this from what I know and what I do know is that he's been a great - really great secretary of labor. It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have right now".

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