Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following
criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of
sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
Trump announced the news with Acosta by his side at the White House as Trump left on a trip to the
Midwest.
Acosta says stepping aside was the right decision.
He was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 nonprosecution agreement with Epstein. Epstein
avoided federal charges and served 13 months in jail.
Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta’s role
in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.