Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s resigning, six days after hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New Jersey on charges involving the sex trafficking of underage girls.
Acosta made the announcement from the White House Friday morning, alongside President Donald Trump. Trump told reporters it was Acosta’s decision to resign; he informed the president in a phone call earlier that morning. “This was him not me,” Trump said.
Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, reopened the case into Epstein after a Miami Herald investigation drew attention to a cushy plea agreement Acosta secured for Epstein in 2007 when he was the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida.