President Trump would be wise to listen to Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta should be immediately removed from his office and replaced permanently. Acosta is a stain on the administration and represents the very swamp this administration should oppose.
The biggest reason is obvious. Acosta directly aided billionaire sex creep Jeffrey Epstein to secure a sweet deal that essentially set him up to be able t commit the crimes he allegedly committed recently. That in itself is inexcusable; the eyes of justice are supposed to blind, especially to corruption by the rich and powerful like Epstein. He used his extremely light sentence of 13-months for heinous child sex abuses to turn into a “working jail sentence” in which he was allowed to leave his confines six days a week. That’s not jail. That’s not punishment. If you’re not going to let a pedophile construction worker do his job while in jail, you cannot allow a pedophile like Epstein do it.
Acosta is an enabler and defender of a child sexual deviant at the very least. He is complicit by making the deal, then hiding it from the victims until it was too late for them to do anything about it. This is not the type of person the White House needs making decisions since clearly he thinks about himself more than the people he’s supposed to be defending.
Mulvaney agrees, to some extent:
Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he struck what critics call a sweetheart deal in which he declined to prosecute Epstein on federal sex trafficking charges and allowed him to plead guilty to a single charge of soliciting prostitution. The scandal was reignited over the weekend when prosecutors in Manhattan announced their intention to issue a new indictment against the financier.
The editorial board of the Miami Herald, which has reported extensively on Acosta’s history, called on him to resign on Tuesday, writing, “If Acosta, when he was U.S. attorney in Miami, had shown an ounce of sympathy for the vulnerable girls Epstein sexually exploited, they would have had a powerful voice on their side.”
I rarely deviate from the President’s actions, but this is one in which he’s wrong. Acosta should never have been in the administration. Now, the error of bringing him in needs to be corrected. I don’t care how easy he is for Republicans in the Senate to work with, or how loyal he is to the cause. His presence in the administration will always be a distraction. This was known before the Miami Herald piece last year. It was known before Epstein’s arrest. He should never have been hired in the first place.
The only way to keep Alexander Acosta from being a constant attachment between the administration and Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex crimes is to remove Acosta immediately. The sooner he’s gone, the better off the White House will be.
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