A Clinton loyalist refused to resign, but was fired.
Alex Acosta, Trump’s labor secretary nominee, was the U.S. Attorney in Florida who oversaw the top-secret plea deal for Jeff Epstein in 2008. Apparently Senate aides are saying that he’s going to get grilled about it during his hearing in a few days.
>Unhappy local investigators went to Acosta’s office, which opened a federal probe and eventually drafted a proposed 53-page indictment that could have resulted in a sentence of 10 years to life in prison for Epstein, if convicted. With that as leverage, a deal was worked out for Epstein to plead guilty to state prostitution solicitation charges and the federal indictment was shelved. It didn’t stop there. Epstein’s lawyers worked out an unusual and secret “non-prosecution agreement” to guarantee neither Epstein nor his employees would ever face federal charges.
>Well-known Miami defense lawyer Joel DeFabio, who has represented numerous defendants in sex cases, said he had never heard of such an agreement before Epstein’s came to light. DeFabio said he has had clients with far less egregious sex charges — and far less wealth — who were sentenced to 10 or 15 years behind bars.
>“There still has been no clear explanation as to why Epstein received such preferential treatment,” DeFabio said. “This thing just stinks. The elite take care of their own.”
Note that it is possible Acosta was nominated for a position of power just so that he could be interrogated on the record, before Congress.
The 15th of March 2017 will be an eventful day. Acosta will be interviewed, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates, and Congress will vote about whether to raise the debt ceiling.