Trump, with Acosta at his side, made the announcement as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio.
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U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he is resigning following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Esptein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein avoided federal charges, plead guilty to state 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.Top Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates had demanded that Acosta resign over his handling of the agreement, which a federal judge has said violated federal law because Acosta did not notify Epstein's victims of the arrangement. Trump had initially defended Acosta but said he'd look "very closely" at his handling of the 2008 agreement.
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