What friendship? Donald dumps Epstein after child sex charges


"I've known Jeff for fifteen years".

"The president obviously wasn't involved in the case, didn't know Acosta at the time and didn't follow the case very closely", she added. Both men eventually left the cabinet.

Epstein's lawyer Roy Black filed a response late Monday in a case involving a violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

"I don't think I've spoken to him for 15 years", he said.

Prosecutors also allege Epstein "worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates" who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansion in New York City and Palm, Beach, Fla. The agreement allowed him to avoid a possible life sentence.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Acosta said that new evidence about Epstein now available in NY "offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice".

Former federal prosecutors said they believe the agreement is limited to the Florida district, but that there still may be a path forward for Epstein's attorneys.

"And he kept asking me to go lower and he was kind of talking to me", she told America's ABC News.

Trump, questioned on Tuesday, said he feels "very badly" for Acosta because he's been a "very good" secretary of labor.

"If he refuses to resign, President Trump should fire him", Schumer added.

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US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: "As alleged, Jeffrey Epstein abused underage girls for years, operating a scheme in which girls he victimized would recruit others for Epstein to exploit and abuse".

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called the allegations against Epstein horrendous and it was "good news that they're being pursued further".

Fordham law professor James Cohen said the phrasing "Epstein seeks to resolve globally" sounds aspirational and is tempered by the subsequent passage noting Acosta's authority extended only to the Southern District of Florida.

On Monday, the US attorney in Manhattan said it was not bound by the plea deal and accused Epstein of luring dozens of girls, some as young as 14, and coercing them into sex acts.

This comes after Epstein pleaded not guilty Monday to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Why would Trump, in the same breath that he noted the financier's preference for women "on the younger side", liken himself to Epstein?

That lawyer, Thomas Meagher of Princeton, New Jersey, declined Monday to comment about the case or say why it was withdrawn. "It is well-settled in the Second Circuit that a plea agreement in one US Attorney's office does not bind another unless otherwise stated". Acosta, who was US attorney for Florida at the time, helped Epstein to secure a plea deal that resulted in an 18-month sentence-he served just 13 months.

"With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator", he tweeted. Despite the fact that Clinton's name appears on several flight logs of Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, Clinton denies having knowledge of any wrongdoing on the part of the Brooklyn-born multi-millionaire. None of those people was mentioned in the indictment.

The filing is dated April 2011, well before Trump ascended to the presidency.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new indictment, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.

Barr joined the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in 2009, which had represented Epstein during a separate case against him in 2008.