Alex Acosta resigns from office as US Labour Secretary

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The United States Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned Friday, despite a secret plea deal he negotiated a decade ago with Jeffrey Epstein.

Acosta said in a conference at the White House, ”I called the president this morning and told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside.”

Acosta, 50, a former federal prosecutor, has been facing mounting calls to resign over the deal that saw Epstein serve just 13 months in a county jail.

Trump said the decision to go came from Acosta, who telephoned the president Friday morning. He described Acosta as a “tremendous talent” and “great secretary of labor” who had done a “very good job.”

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