Alex Acosta defends Epstein plea deal: 'We proceeded appropriately'

Alex Acosta.
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Facing calls to resign, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his role in arranging a controversial plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was a Florida prosecutor.

Over the weekend, Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges related to his alleged abuse of underage girls prior to the striking of the controversial 2008 deal. This indictment sparked increased calls for Acosta to resign from Democrats who said he mishandled the case.

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