Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defends controversial plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein

In a press conference Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended his handling of a 2008 plea deal for billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Critics of the deal are demanding Acosta resign. Attorney Deborah Blum and CBS News’ Natalie Brand have the latest.

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  1. The original plea deal was ILLEGAL because a 14 yo cannot be treated as a 'prostitute' under the law, AND the victims were not informed of the proposed plea deal as required.

  2. Acosta says he was told that Epstein was an "intelligence asset" and to back off. The question is who told him that and was it true?

  3. That plea deal was made illegally. It should be thrown out the window and charges should be reapplied. This man needs to have the book thrown at him, to be forced to give names of any clients he "gave" the woman to, and to have his monies investigated and seized if they are in connection to these sexual assaults.

  4. I don't believe the press and Pelosi would be naming Alex if he was in on it and I'll tell you why…
    There are REAL names of people who really participated over and over and many of them are in the Press and if you're not in their little club…THEY HATE YOU.

  5. Seriously COME FORWARD. ??? are you kidding this sting, this honey pot operation has been active for decades! There were thousands violated! Boys and girls, and most are DEAD ==USED. AND. DISCARDED like trash because they were only GOYS!!!!! AS. THE. TULMUD. SAYS. IS. FINE!!!

  6. ESPIONAGE !!!! Acosta said he was told," Epstein is intelligence LEAVE ! HIM! ALONE! Epstein is above your pay grade!" Epstein is not independently wealthy they are on the take him and Maxwell they are tools of ISIS=Israeli Secret Intelligence Services. This is how they take down our government by orchestrating compromising positions on record many who were tricked ,setup, duped. WHAT you don't think AIPAC and their elk enslaved our government official by threat of job loss and offers of cash alone do you???

  7. Deborah victim blaming is disgusting. You know those children and woman were interrogated at length. How dare you say any of this is due to the victims.

  8. Acosta was and is covering for Bill Clinton. Expose it all and let the chips fall where they may. Lots of rich/political pedophiles have visited Epstein's island.

  9. That's an attorney??? Someone needs to show her how to dress when trying to convey professional opinion. She looks like a transvestite street walker who does baby talk. Get yourself a real lawyer.

  10. There must be No More going-along-to-get-along with any of this abject, blatant, overt, in-your-face and open-to-view criminality. That's because doing so constitutes complicity. So sorry, but a plea deal is not a good option. People are more than just fed-up with this nation's two-tier, Apartheid system of justice (so-labeled).

  11. How about asking De blasio about this sweet deal/ ? Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days — and the NYPD says it’s fine with that.

    After being labeled a worst-of-the-worst, Level 3 sex offender in 2011, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.

  12. Clearly they could have picked a more competent and professional lawyer than the creepy lady in red. Is she part of team Epstein also?

  13. The children, you say failed to come forward!!? BS, Acosta STOPPED them from being a witness and testifying of all the atrocities that was inflicted upon them by those that would have and should have been prosecuted then and there. Just who are you protecting now today with this/these pathetic excuses..(Don't answer that….We all know the WHO…)!!! The FBI has an accurate count of the number of automobiles stolen every year. It knows the number of homicides, rapes, and robberies, but the FBI has no idea of the number of children who disappear every year. They simply do not ask for the statistics. Every month, every major police department in the United States files its uniform crime statistics with the FBI. It would be simple for the bureau to add one more column to the statistics and get a breakdown of every reported case of missing children – not to even mention children who are kidnapped for ritualistic purposes, and, in some cases, murdered. I am convinced that the FBI does not ask for these statistics because they do not want to see them. They would be confronted with an instant public outcry for action, because the figures would show a major social problem. That problem would demand action."

  14. President Trump is my hero? God Bless him and he is not who media says he is but a righteous man..This is not a conspiracy theory but Real..Just wait until California, and other states bring charges against J.Epstein and others…Entertainment industry, Music Industry, the Fashion Industry, Modeling agencies are all going to be exposed and their role in this crime..Like toddler & Tiaras..Disney is next?

  15. Rich jew who’s connected gets off well well Who’s surprised? The naive? He was there finger popping minors while bill clinton had a 12 year old reverse cowgirl. yea people I had to go there. If you still believe in the two party system your an idiot so don’t think I’m dem bashing. The middle eastern leaders are not devout followers of Yahweh or Muhammad & allah only $ same here with politicians and that Jesus fella. The people at the top of the pyramid are very sadistic and this is the most minor of they’re offenses against humanity. The insane part of this is that he was still on American soil in the Virgin Islands. If he did that solely in Philippines or 50 other nations he would have no drama ever even if he had a powerful person or entity coming for him. He is only being brought down because as before he did not cash in a favor someone asked for. Sadly he will not implicate the dozens of others he can because his family would be deleted or will be censored even by the beloved alphabet soup agency’s. My country ‘‘tis of the sweet land of liberty what has become of the fantastic idea you were, desecrated, defecated on long ago with the constitution used as a wipey.

  16. What a load of bull, what's that attorney talking about? Having sex with children whether or not it was consensual or not is a crime! It doesn't matter if it's being prosecuted now or back then. CBS needs more competent "expert" guests for their opinion.

  17. How quickly it would have led to Bill Clinton. Maybe Acosta didn't want to fly into a mountain or drown in some weird handgliding/boating accident.

  18. Why has the media decided to focus on Acosta? It's just to get a scalp because to me it doesn't seem like they really care about the victims. Epstein, who is a serial pedophile. We should be talking about him. We should be talking about his victims and why is there no interest in Bill Clinton, an ex-president who flew all around the world with a known pedophile? 🐑 🐑 🐑

  19. Did this woman hear the statements of the victims at all? One of the victims has been trying for 10 years to get the pervert charged for crimes against minors. The victims were willing, but not given any notice or supoenas or court date.

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