"A record, an atrocious record, based on his completely revolting decision to agree to the sweetheart deal, a non-prosecution agreement that violated federal law. This is a guy who was nominated by the president to be responsible for policing the human trafficking laws, to protect the vulnerable, to make sure that child labor laws weren't broken and he never should have been there in the first place. It's it's revolting that it took this long."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, (D) Illinois:
"I think it was the right thing to do. I called for his resignation, along with others yesterday in a letter to various folks. And I think that you know he just lost his moral authority as head of the Department of Labor, especially when he, on top of failing to hold Mr. Epstein accountable a long time ago, cut the DOL (Dept. of Labor) funding for human sex trafficking by 80 percent. I mean the data points start to line up, and there's a pattern emerging of just, you know, poor treatment of women and it's reprehensible. I hope that this is a lesson for everybody that, you know, this type of behavior is unacceptable."
Congressional Democrats are applauding the decision of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign over the handling of the Jeffrey Epstein plea deal in 2008.
Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw a non-prosecution agreement that enabled Epstein to avoid federal sex charges by pleading guilty to state charges and serving 13 months in jail.
Similar charges recently filed against Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York had put Acosta's role in the 2008 deal under renewed scrutiny.
"I think Secretary Acosta did the right thing," said Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
"This is a guy who was nominated by the president to be responsible for policing the human trafficking laws to protect the vulnerable to make sure that child labor laws weren't broken and he never should have been there in the first place," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
"It's it's revolting that it took this long," she said.
Epstein, 66, reached the deal to secretly end a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls that could have landed him behind bars for life
In addition to pleading guilty to state charges and spending 13 months in jail, Epstein paid settlements to victims and is a registered sex offender.
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