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Acosta Resigns as Labor Secretary

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UNITED STATES – MARCH 22: Alex Acosta, nominee for Secretary of Labor, testifies during his Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, March 22, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(CBS News) – Embattled Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has announced he is resigning. Acosta made the announcement himself, accompanying the president out of the White House residence before the president’s departure for a trip to Milwaukee.

Acosta had defended his handling of a decade-old plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex crime charges when Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Florida’s Southern District. Acosta faced renewed scrutiny over the case after Epstein was arrested on new federal sex trafficking charges in New York last week. 

He told reporters he didn’t want Epstein to distract from the Trump administration’s accomplishments. President Trump said that Acosta called him Friday morning and said it was entirely Acosta’s decision.

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