'Thank god he's gone': Pelosi cheers resignation of Acosta as labor secretary

U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta who announced his resignation while talking to the media at the White House

U.S. Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned on Friday amid fresh scrutiny of his handling of the sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, becoming President Donald Trump's latest adviser to leave the administration in controversy.

Mr Trump announced the news today with Mr Acosta by his side at the White House as the president left on a trip to the Midwest.

Trump called him a "great Labor secretary, not a good one" amid reports the president and others were frustrated with Acosta over other matters, such as a slower-than-desired pace at cutting regulations. "I believe you have done an incredible job and have the right vision for our nation by putting working American families at the center of your presidency".

The plea deal allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges if he pled guilty and served 13 months in jail. Krischer mentioned that federal prosecutors drafted a 53-page indictment of Epstein.

Earlier this week, attornies for Epstein proposed that he be released into home detention on a bail package valued at $77 million, secured by the mortgage on his Manhattan mansion.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who pushed the Justice Department to investigate Acosta's non-prosecution deal with Epstein, said in a statement on Friday that Acosta's departure does not mean this story is over. Instead, Epstein was required to plead guilty to two state prostitution charges, serve jail time, register as a sex offender, and pay restitution to his victims.

Acosta said his resignation would be effective in seven days.

Pressed on whether he had any regrets, Acosta repeatedly suggested that circumstances had changed since then.

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Mr Trump named Deputy Labour Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the acting secretary of Labour. "It would be selfish for me to stay in the position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old". In February, a federal judge said prosecutors had violated victims' rights by keeping the agreement secret.

Cummings and other House Democrats also sent a letter to the Office of Professional Responsibility at the Justice Department requesting a briefing about their investigation of the matter.

The move came as a surprise, as the word around the White House campfire was that Acosta's job was safe.

Federal prosecutors in NY unsealed a new criminal indictment Monday charging Epstein with having operated a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, part of the allegations that have circulated around the politically connected businessman for years.

"I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside".

Acosta took office as the nation's 27th labor secretary in early 2017, leading a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.

Mulvaney told Trump on Monday that the continuing drip of damaging information surrounding the 2008 agreement Acosta struck to keep billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein from a heavy jail sentence would hurt the administration, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

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