U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta prepares to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump’s Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, defended a 2007 deal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday amid renewed scrutiny over his actions in the case.
“The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence,” Acosta, who was U.S. attorney in Miami at the time of the deal, wrote on Twitter.
“With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator,” he wrote.
Acosta’s comments come amid a flurry of demands from Democrats for his resignation, including from the two top Democrats in Congress.
New York prosecutors charged Epstein with trafficking dozens of underage girls on his properties…