The Associated Press reports:
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday declined to say whether President Donald Trump still has confidence in Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, a day after a federal judge ruled the Justice Department broke the law while Acosta was a U.S. attorney.
A judge said Acosta — then the U.S. attorney in Miami — signed off on a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, the Palm Beach billionaire and serial sex abuser, without informing victims about what they were doing.
“My understanding is that it’s a very complicated case, something we’re certainly looking into,” Sanders said. The Florida-based U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled Acosta and other officials did not confer with Epstein’s victims about the 2008 plea agreement.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters “we’re looking into” the Florida matter of then-prosecutor Alex Acosta not telling victims the govt had made a deal not to prosecute a billionaire accused of molesting dozens of girls.
It was “very complicated case,” she says.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 22, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein could have spent life in prison, but he only served a little more than a year in jail. Why? A secret deal was struck — an extraordinary plea arrangement — with help from future Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta. https://t.co/U1MKzHvFJ1 #PerversionofJustice
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) February 21, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein lured teenage girls to his mansions in Palm Beach, New York and the Virgin Islands and paid them cash for sexual activities. US Attorney Alex Acosta declined to prosecute and failed to notify victims. Acosta is now Trump’s Labor Secretary. https://t.co/HKdKxyZWNL
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 22, 2019