In this image from Senate Television, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks on the Senate floor, Tuesday, June 9, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer and a growing collection of congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump's labor secretary should quit. Alexander Acosta was a federal prosecutor in 2008 when he was involved in a plea deal that let billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein escape prison time for alleged sex crimes. (Senate Television via AP)

Dems want Acosta to quit for role in financier's sex plea

July 09, 2019 - 11:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing collection of congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump's labor secretary should resign because of his role in a 2008 plea deal that let a billionaire financier escape prison time for alleged sex crimes.

Among the Democrats calling Tuesday for Alexander Acosta to resign were Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 presidential candidate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday night that Acosta should step aside.

Acosta was a federal prosecutor in South Florida when he was involved in a secret 2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid federal charges.

That investigation involved at least 40 teenage girls. The agreement allowed him to avoid a possible life sentence.

Epstein was charged in New York on Monday in a new federal indictment accusing him of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

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