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Democrats call for labor chief to resign over Epstein deal


FILE PHOTO - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to the news media during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis


U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign amid renewed concerns over the way the former federal prosecutor handled a decade-old sex abuse case against wealthy U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.



Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others said Acosta must step down after federal sex trafficking charges were brought against Epstein on Monday, raising new questions about his handling of a related federal case in Florida in 2008.


“I am calling on Secretary Acosta to resign,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. “It is now impossible for anyone to have confidence in Secretary Acosta’s ability to lead the Department of Labor.”


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



Reuters

9th July 2019

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