"But unfortunately as a U.S. Attorney in Florida in 2008, @SecretaryAcosta chose to let Epstein off easy". If they are lying, Epstein's enablers in both parties deserve a public reckoning, even if no criminal charges can be filed against them.
Lankford told Wolf Blitzer that Acosta shouldn't resign, before adding, "What I'm disappointed at is so much of the coverage in the last really 48 hours on every network has been about President Trump and Acosta as labor secretary, and we've not really spent a lot of time talking about the girls that were abused in the process and trafficked and about Epstein and what the horrific acts that he really did".
None of those people were mentioned in the indictment. On Monday, charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking were unsealed and new evidence of what appears to be child pornography presented following the raid of his New York City mansion. The hedge fund manager faced only state charges and 13 months in prison after pleading guilty. He contends the agreement that spared Epstein from a lengthy sentence a decade ago is binding only on federal prosecutors in Florida, where the deal was made.
Prosecutors have said Epstein should be denied bail, arguing he poses an "extraordinary risk of flight" because of his wealth, private planes and significant worldwide ties. Epstein was arrested at Teterboro airport in New Jersey on Saturday night after returning from Paris in his private jet.
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"I think that Alex will probably be sharing more information with you all", Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. "It is even said that he likes attractive women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side". "No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life".
New York prosecutors said Monday they are not barred by that plea deal, and revealed they discovered a "vast trove" of lewd photographs of young women or girls during a weekend raid in his New York City mansion.
In 2015, Trump's name was circled in Epstein's "little black book" as a potential "material witness" to the latter's conduct, according to a copy of the book published by the website Gawker. 'Everyone who knew about Epstein was - silenced by people with more money and power and influence'.
Five years after the interview, however, Epstein was first accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls between 1999 to 2006.
In that case, a federal investigation was halted when Epstein pleaded guilty to Florida state charges of a soliciting and procuring a person under 18 for prostitution. During his jail time, Epstein was allowed to leave six days a week to work at his office.
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They'll "twirl his/her index finger toward the referees" to signal for the challenge. So I think at the end of the day, it's positive for the league".
Authorities also found papers and phone records corroborating the alleged crimes, and a massage room still set up the way accusers said it appeared, prosecutors said. Trump's personal ties to Epstein.
Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer for some of the women who have accused Epstein, read statements on behalf of two of her clients outside the courthouse. She noted that she did not support his nomination as President Donald Trump's Labor secretary: "I didn't vote for former Florida U.S. Attorney Acosta to begin with and he should step down".
"The victims should have had a say", Klobuchar tweeted. As for the Epstein case, Trump added, "That seems like a long time ago".
The Daily Beast reporter, Vicky Ward, wrote a profile of Epstein in 2003 for Vanity Fair but said later that her editor deleted numerous most salacious details in her story despite victims' willingness to go on the record.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump should explain his previous comments praising Epstein.
A judge ruled this year that the plea deal was illegal; the USA attorney in Manhattan said Monday that it was not bound by it. Rossmiller said no additional indictment was imminent but it was possible "down the road".
In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the 2008 agreement violated the victims' rights.
Acosta is a former federal prosecutor in South Florida.
Democrats in Congress have called for Acosta to resign, over what has been referred to as the "sweetheart deal" and urged the Justice Department to release its review publicly.