Calls Are Growing For Alexander Acosta’s Resignation
Soon upon taking office, President Donald Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to become his Secretary of Labor. Prior to taking this role, Acosta had a long legal career in Florida which included serving at the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. While serving in this position, he cut a plea deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that many saw as incredibly lenient.
The recent arrest of Epstein has now thrust that decision by Acosta back into the spotlight. Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are now calling on Acosta to resign from his post as Labor Secretary.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, tweeted, “Secretary Acosta must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice. This was known by POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet.”
.@SecretaryAcosta must step down. As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice. This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet. #AcostaResign
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 9, 2019
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Congresswoman from Florida, told The Guardian, “A big part of his job is protecting workers and children from exploitation, yet he has demonstrated that he has utter disregard for victims and instead his priority is to protect sexual predators.”
This is not solely a bi-partisan issue. Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska has also taken a special interest in the plea deal. Following the arrest of Epstein, the Republican said in a statement, “This monster received a pathetically soft sentence last time and his victims deserve nothing less than justice. Justice doesn’t depend on the size of your bank account, this billionaire can’t be let out just because he can cut a bail check. The Justice Department needs to see this through.”