In the wake of Epstein's arrest, Acosta tweeted Tuesday: "The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with new evidence". Elected officials and others are calling for the former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who oversaw Epstein's deal, to resign from his current position as the federal Labor Department secretary. Acosta was a United States (government) attorney when he negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to serve just 13 months in a Florida county jail.
Acosta has stood by his involvement in the 2007 Epstein case, in which he brokered a plea deal for the accused, but a federal judge ruled in February that the former prosecutor violated the law by failing to notify Epstein's victims of the terms of the deal.
"My point here today is we have an fantastic economy and the focus needs to be on the economy job creation", Mr Acosta said.
"My point here today is we have an incredible economy, and the focus needs to be on the economy", Acosta said.
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"This was him, not me, because I'm with him", Trump said in a lengthy exchange with the press before departing the White House en route to events in Wisconsin and Ohio.
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Trump said he'd be looking "very carefully" at the decisions surrounding the plea deal.
Earlier this week both Acosta and Trump sought to defend the plea deal.
The federal prosecutors in NY said they were not bound by the deal arranged by Acosta, which allowed Epstein to plead to a lesser offense and serve 13 months in jail with leave during the day while registering as a sex offender.
But Acosta had frustrated some conservatives who had been pushing for his ouster long before the Epstein uproar.
During his 13-month sentence in a Palm Beach, Fla., jail, Epstein was allowed to work out of his office six days a week.
Pressed on whether he had any regrets, Acosta repeatedly suggested that circumstances had changed since then.
"Today can not be the end of attention to the horrific crimes or the pathetically short sentence of Jeffrey Epstein", Sasse said.