Embattled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta became the first political personality to succumb to the fallout of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal. Acosta resigned from his post this morning per President Trump’s Twitter feed.
Acosta’s reputation was tainted by his association with Epstein’s 2008 plea deal. The sweetheart deal, approved by Acosta, then a US Attorney in Miami, allowed Epstein to serve only 13 months in jail and spend much of his time at his office.
Only three days ago, President Trump praised Acosta as a “great Labor Secretary” and argued that the plea deal was a decision made by “a lot of people.”
Acosta will be replaced temporarily by his deputy, Pat Pizzella. Pizzella is a Republican who served in various positions under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
Acosta’s resignation leaves yet another high-level position filled by a temporary appointee. Several other cabinet-level positions including Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Chief of Staff are filled by acting officials or officials who have not yet been confirmed.