Lawmakers call for President Trump's labor secretary to resign amid Epstein investigation

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Lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump's labor secretary to resign and for an investigation into all of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged enablers after the billionaire was charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer is one of the top Democratic leaders calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for his handling of a plea deal given to Epstein more than a decade ago. Acosta was a U.S. attorney in 2008 and one of the key negotiators in working out a secret deal for Epstein, despite a federal investigation identifying 36 underage victims.

Federal prosecutors in New York unsealed a criminal indictment Monday charging Epstein with allegedly running a sex trafficking ring in which he sexually abused underage girls.

Emily Waters, the director of human trafficking programs at the Safe Center Long Island, says she's come to know a number of Epstein's victims over the years but is protecting their identities. Waters is a survivor herself, and was caught up in a different sex trafficking ring for years before escaping in 2001.

Epstein allegedly ran a trafficking ring where he paid hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 years old to have sex with him in his Manhattan apartment and Palm Beach residence.

Both Trump and former President Bill Clinton have been linked to Epstein in the past.

Trump says he had a falling out with Epstein and hasn't spoken to him in 15 years. In a statement, Clinton says he "... knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York".

 

 

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