Acosta Announces His Resignation as Secretary of Labor
Many Democratic leaders believed Alexander Acosta should resign after learning about the sex trafficking case he oversaw in 2008. Acosta allowed a plea deal to be made with Jeffrey Epstein.
“Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Acosta should go because of the ‘sweetheart’ deal he cut with Epstein as U.S. attorney in 2008,” Politico reported.
Other Democratic leaders discussed the case, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Acosta was beginning to receive a lot of pressure from Democratic leaders and the public to resign. On Twitter, hashtags #AcostaMustGo and #AcostaMustResign were trending.
Friday morning, Acosta had made a phone call to President Trump stating that he has decided step down as Secretary of Labor.
President Trump made the announcement on Twitter and during the impromptu that Acosta will be resigning.
Acosta said the Labor Department has been receiving a lot of bad media coverage.
“I have seen coverage on this case that is over twelve years old that has influence embedding at multiple levels of the department of justice,” Acosta said.
Trump solidified his support for Acosta and said: “this was him, not me, because I’m with him.”
Because Epstein has become a hot talking point in the Department of Labor, Acosta said moving forward it would be too much of a distraction.
“It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that’s 12 years old, rather than the amazing economy we have right now,” Acosta said.