Attorney drops bombshell accusations against Secretary Acosta in new Epstein finding
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta spent a large part of his day today in front of reporters on national television trying to discredit the allegations being made against him that he gave Billionaire Jerry Epstein a sweetheart deal.
We have new breaking news, though, that is being released after his press conference:
Former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer says in a statement that Alex Acosta is "completely wrong." He says that a 53 page federal indictment "was abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein's lawyers and Mr. Acosta.
This is very damaging for Trump's administration.
Acosta claimed the opposite in his meeting today with reporters. So he lied.
REPORTER: A federal judge ruled that you broke federal law by not letting victims weigh in on the plea deal you struck with Epstein. Would you do it differently?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 10, 2019
ACOSTA: We followed department policy. pic.twitter.com/X8jqFpluUW
Acosta may think he got this "issue" over with by going out and discussing it openly, but he just made things worse for himself.
Congress is also wanting him to testify under oath about his dealings with Epstein now.
Do we sense another resignation or firing coming in the Trump administration? It certainly looks like it. If they do or they don't they're screwed either way.
Here's the full statement:
"As the State Attorney for Palm Beach County for 16 years (1993-2009), which included the entire period of the Epstein investigation, I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta's recollection of this matter is completely wrong. Federal prosecutors do not take a back seat to state prosecutors. That's not how the system works in the real world.
The State Attorney's Office took the Palm Beach Police Department's investigation to a Grand Jury, and subpoenaed witnesses. The Grand Jury head all of the evidence that was available at the time(which did not include later evidence that emerged from civil depositions) and returned a single count indictment of Felony Solicitation of Prostitution, a third-degree felony.
Subsequently, the U.S. Attorney's Office produced a 53-page indictment that was abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein's lawyers and Mr. Acosta. The State Attorney's Office was not a party to those meetings or negotiations, and definitely had no part in the federal Non-Prosecution Agreement and the unusual confidentiality arrangement that kept everything hidden from the victims. No matter how my office resolved the state charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office always had the ability to file it own federal charges.
If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State's case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted. Instead, Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal that resulted in a Non-Prosecution Agreement in violation of the Crime Victim's Rights Act.
Mr. Acosta should not be allowed to rewrite history."