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US Labor Secretary Acosta steps down

United States Labor Secretary Alex Acosta (pictured) resigned on Friday amid pressure over the way he handled the sexual abuse case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein over 10 years ago. Acosta made the announcement outside the White House alongside President Donald Trump. Trump noted it was Acosta's decision to step down and insisted he believed he was "great" at his job and should not have received backlash now over a 12-year old case.

In 2005, Epstein faced charges for sex crimes, including paying minors for sex and soliciting underage prostitution. Three years later, he was given a secret plea deal which gave him immunity from all federal criminal charges by Acosta, who served as US attorney for southern Florida at the time. The labor secretary came under pressure from Democrats last week after Epstein was once again arrested the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force on sex trafficking charges.

Earlier this week, Acosta defended his decision to give the businessman the plea deal, claiming Epstein would not have been jailed without the offer.

Breaking the News / NP