THE WHITE HOUSE – Labor Secretary Alex Acosta held a press conference today in an effort to alleviate doubts about his increasingly tenuous tenure as head of the Department of Labor and many calls for him to step down in the wake of new questions of his lenient handling as U.S. attorney in Miami of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in 2008. He was arrested over the weekend on similar charges.
Had Epstein been prosecuted on the initial charges of sex trafficking, he could have spent the rest of his life in prison. The June 2008 plea agreement allowed Epstein to plead guilty to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14, and he was sentenced to 18 months in a county jail. Epstein served only 13 months in jail with a 6-day-per-week work release privilege.
TMN asked Acosta why Epstein was prosecuted on prostitution charges rather than sex trafficking charges if the abuse victims were not prostitutes:
(Audio: Doug Christian’s question and Acosta’s answer.)
Doug Christian, The White House