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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

U.S. Labor Secretary and former South Florida U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta is facing new calls for his ouster after prosecutors in New York indicted politically connected financier Jeffrey Epstein on charges he operated a sex trafficking ring of underage girls in Manhattan and Palm Beach in the mid 2000s -- allegations similar to those Acosta declined to bring a decade ago as part of a secret plea deal.

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#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-09 09:28 AM | Reply

Blaming Acosta for this is like blaming the fry cook for an increase in prices. Would you want your wife or kids eating a few bullets at the behest of the Clintons? I don't think so.

#2 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 09:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

i remember reading about a guy who was found guilty by a jury and while he was in prison new evidence was discovered that proved he was innocent. BUT, it was said that new evidence wasn't necessarily enough to overturn the legally arrived at decision of the jury based on the facts they were presented with.
what could overturn a decision was improper actions taken by the court. wouldn't acosta's failure to inform the victims of the plea arrangement constitute an improper action on the part of the prosecution? that's something that's required by law.

#3 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-09 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"wouldn't acosta's failure to inform the victims of the plea arrangement constitute an improper action on the part of the prosecution?"

According to the NPR segment I heard on my drive home yesterday the state of Florida is looking in to just that. But it is Florida so don't expect much from them.

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2019-07-09 10:13 AM | Reply

In his opinion, Judge Kenneth A. Marra said that not only did prosecutors violate the Crime Victims Rights Act by not telling the victims about the deal, but prosecutors also led victims to believe the FBI's case against him was ongoing. Thanks to those prosecutors, Epstein pleaded guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served 13 months in Palm Beach County Jail.

The deal also included language that gave immunity to "any potential co-conspirators'' involved in his crimes, according to the Miami Herald. The Herald identified nearly 80 girls who said they were victims of Epstein and were anywhere from 13 to 16 years old when the abuse occurred.

This shouldn't be controversial and it shouldn't be partisan. I can think of few if any ethical lapses that have left more personal damage in their wake than this episode starring Epstein and Acosta. Taxpayers should not have to pay the salary of someone who so blatantly bent the mechanisms of justice to serve the guilty because of power, wealth and status. The facts of this case are known and not disputed as the judge has ruled that what Acosta did to Epstein's victims was unequivocally against the law.

Acosta should be gone, immediately.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-09 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


"Only the best and the brightest."

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 10:25 AM | Reply

DOJ opens investigation into Alexander Acosta plea deal
www.politico.com

Michael R. Bromwich @mrbromwich (former DOJ IG; Asst US Attorney, SDNY)

DOJ: "OPR will thoroughly investigate the allegations of misconduct that have been raise...and, consistent with its practice, will share the results with you at the conclusion of its investigation as appropriate."

Reality: OPR's practice is almost NEVER to share its results.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-09 10:25 AM | Reply

Blaming Acosta for this is like blaming the fry cook for an increase in prices. Would you want your wife or kids eating a few bullets at the behest of the Clintons? I don't think so.

#2 | POSTED BY BENny the Ruskie
You're even dumber than I thought.
Looks like you overdosed on Fox News and went back for seconds.
Show proof the Clintons had anyone killed or shut your Trumphole!

There is enough stuff the Clintons are guilty of without having to make stuff like up.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-09 10:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Blaming Acosta for this is like blaming the fry cook for an increase in prices. Would you want your wife or kids eating a few bullets at the behest of the Clintons? I don't think so.

#2 | POSTED BY BENny the Ruskie
You're even dumber than I thought.
Looks like you overdosed on Fox News and went back for seconds.
Show proof the Clintons had anyone killed or shut your Trumphole!

There is enough stuff the Clintons are guilty of without having to make stuff like up.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-09 10:36 AM | Reply

Jeffrey Epstein's Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight

How did the New York financier stay nearly untouchable for decades? Vicky Ward -- who has reported extensively on Epstein, and on efforts to rehabilitate him -- finds out what's changed.

www.thedailybeast.com

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-09 10:36 AM | Reply

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There is enough stuff the Clintons are guilty of without having to make stuff like up.

Every day that passes, you look more like a fool. Wait till they start unwinding Epstein's motive for helping found the Clinton Global Initiative. Wait till you find out why Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein's pimp) was at Chelsea's wedding years after Epstein was busted.

It's going to get a lot worse, and you're going to be dying to talk about Alex Acosta or any other tertiary player in this elite criminal enterprise of molesting children.

#11 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 10:47 AM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

the premise of your post is upstaged by the obvious question "how in h ell did trump get elected when his sick story played out for years in plain sight"

as much as we'd like to believe it's not so...different rules for different people

#12 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-09 10:51 AM | Reply


@#2 ... Blaming Acosta for this ...

To me it does not look like Sec Acosta is being blamed for anything except his own professional behavior, i.e., the manner in which he appears to have given Mr Epstein highly preferential treatment and neglected his responsibility to the victims of Mr Epstein's alleged crimes.


#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Obama has some exposure as well, Epstein gave him alot of money and if that was laundered.....

#14 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-07-09 11:40 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

That was a good read from a perspective I have not read before. I just wonder who he will roll on or if he is scared enough not to roll on anyone.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-07-09 11:47 AM | Reply

...and the corruption continues apace in the Worst Cabinet in our nation's history.

#16 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-09 12:02 PM | Reply

Every day that passes, you look more like a fool. Wait till they start unwinding Epstein's motive for helping found the Clinton Global Initiative. Wait till you find out why Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein's pimp) was at Chelsea's wedding years after Epstein was busted.
It's going to get a lot worse, and you're going to be dying to talk about Alex Acosta or any other tertiary player in this elite criminal enterprise of molesting children.
#11 | POSTED BY BEN_BERKKAKE AT 2019-07-09 10:47 AM | REPLY | FLAG

Why don't YOU enlighten us, Sherlock? Your post implies you already know the answers. Put up or shut up.

#17 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-09 12:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama has some exposure as well, Epstein gave him alot of money and if that was laundered.....
...............................#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

posts like this should be singled out as truly fine examples of a type of hyperbole that has no other purpose than to confuse and hopefully obfuscate provable facts.
or he's just really really stupid

#18 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-09 12:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

When Chuck Schumer says "Hit the road, Jack," Acosta's days are numbered.

However, if you're a conspiracy theorist, Acosta and Trump do exchange a lot of personal "favors."

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-09 12:32 PM | Reply

Obama has some exposure as well, Epstein gave him alot of money and if that was laundered.....
...............................#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW
posts like this should be singled out as truly fine examples of a type of hyperbole that has no other purpose than to confuse and hopefully obfuscate provable facts.
or he's just really really stupid

#18 | POSTED BY 1947STEAMER AT 2019-07-09 12:10 PM | FLAG:

People like you accused Trump of being part of a money laundering scheme with alot less dots to connect than this. So what is your problem?

#20 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-07-09 12:32 PM | Reply

Why don't YOU enlighten us, Sherlock? Your post implies you already know the answers. Put up or shut up.

#17 | POSTED BY E1G1 AT 2019-07-09 12:04 PM | FLAG:

Do a little research yourself zero. With Mad magazine folding you should have some more time on your hands.

#21 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-07-09 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Acosta defends plea deal for Epstein
www.axios.com

...Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has defended the plea deal he approved in 2008 for billionaire and accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was serving as U.S. attorney in southern Florida at the time.

Why it matters: With Epstein once again facing charges, this time in New York, Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are demanding Acosta resign over the lenient deal reached 11 years ago. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Acosta said the prosecutors at the time "insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator."

While Epstein was jailed, he pleaded guilty to state charges to soliciting prostitution, not to sexually abusing minors. He was free during the day under a "work release" deal and freed entirely after 13 months. ...


Yup, the Florida jail he was assigned to allowed him to leave the jail six days a week for 12 hours each of those days.

#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#11 ... Wait till they start unwinding ...

I've said it a couple times before, and I'll say it again.

I hope the SDNY does a proper investigation, without AG Barr's interference for preferential treatment.

I hope the SDNY finds and follows the evidence, all the evidence, where ever it takes them.

I hope the all people, every single last one of them, who are caught up in this reprehensible exploitation of girls are brought before Lady Justice.

#23 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 01:01 PM | Reply

#20 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

and I'll state it again, absolutely....trump will be found guilty of laundering money through his real estate biz. the guy has 552 LLC's. the trump family cartel is going to suffer through years of investigation

#24 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-09 01:45 PM | Reply

Why don't YOU enlighten us, Sherlock? Your post implies you already know the answers. Put up or shut up.

Epstein laundered his pedo money from his fake investment firm though the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton didn't have a billion dollars for Epstein to scrape 2 and 20 from on an annual basis, so Epstein used Clinton's influence to set up a money laundering fund and to provide Epstein a new source of talent.

...allegedly.

#25 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 02:38 PM | Reply


@#25 ... Epstein laundered his pedo money from his fake investment firm though the Clinton Global Initiative. ...

Given that Bloomberg gave a good look into how Mr Epstein made his money, and said, "...For all his infamy, there are scant details of how he made his money. ..." ( www.bloomberg.com ), I am somewhat surprised you seem to be so sure of where he got the money.

That sort of diminishes the credibility of what else you proffer.

But, as Frasier says, I'm listening, if you want to delve into more details to substantiate what you say.

#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 02:57 PM | Reply

Lock Him Up!

Lock Him Up!

Lock Him Up!

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-09 03:24 PM | Reply

Given that Bloomberg gave a good look into how Mr Epstein made his money, and said, "...For all his infamy, there are scant details of how he made his money.

Did you think he was going to list Pedos r' Us on his tax return? He "exclusively managed" the clients he was blackmailing. Nobody on Wall Street had worked with this so called world-class money manager. You couldn't become a client of his with just a pile of money, because he wasn't doing anything with it and it would be obvious to anyone who paid attention. The only way you became a client is when he hooked you into his sex trafficking ring.

If you want to believe that nothing about this guy was legit, except his strategy as an investor (even though nobody knew how he made his money), be my guest.

#28 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 04:00 PM | Reply


@#28 ... If you want to believe that nothing about this guy was legit, except his strategy as an investor ...

At this point, my opinion is that his money was obtained by less than legal means, what those means were is not yet known to me. I imagine the prosecutors who received all those black plastic bags of evidence that I saw being removed from his mansion yesterday may be starting to have a better idea of the money flow.

But your comment does nothing to substantiate what you wrote. Indeed, the fact that your "substantiation" was nothing but more guesses and innuendo sort of says it all. It was a nice story you made up. It could be close to reality. Or not. Without any substantiation it looks like fiction at this point.

Nice Try, though. :)

#29 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

At this point, my opinion is that his money was obtained by less than legal means, what those means were is not yet known to me.

Do you think it might have something to do with him being a giant pedophile blackmailing people?

#30 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 04:50 PM | Reply

Hey, I get it. It's St. Clinton, you want to tread lightly.

#31 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 04:51 PM | Reply

Unlike say the Steele Dossier, nobody seems to have a problem with the veracity of the claims against Epstein?
Just checking.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-09 04:55 PM | Reply

@#30 ... Do you think it might have something to do with him being a giant pedophile blackmailing people?

That's one possibility. I can think of others. But it's obvious that neither of us know, which i why I want to wait and see how the investigation progresses.


@#31 ... Hey, I get it. ...

No, you don't. But that doesn't seem to stop you from offering incorrect statements based upon your incorrect assumptions.

Which is why I keep asking you for substantiation, so I can have some hope of wading through your miasmic comments and discerning from them what is real.

#33 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 04:59 PM | Reply

That's one possibility. I can think of others.

Knowing what we all know, go for it.

#34 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-09 05:12 PM | Reply


@#34 ... go for it. ...

Nah, I'll pass.

It is way too early in this investigation to start offering possible outcomes, means or motives.

There is so much more that we need to, and hopefully, will learn.

I am quite looking forward, though, to the money trail once it is documented and published in the findings.

#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-09 05:34 PM | Reply

What are you all talking about?

Epstein is being charged with operating a sex trafficking ring of underage girls in Manhattan and Palm Beach in the mid 2000s.

Not saying it can't be brought up later but right now, I don't see any money laundering charge.

Usually money laundering means putting money in one door dirty and having it come out another door clean. That's a completely different crime

The Clinton Charitable Foundation has been investigated from every angle possible and came up clean. There's no reason (other than butt hurt partisanship) to bring the Clintons into this.

#36 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-10 12:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well, what do you know, Acosta was told to back off because prosecuting Epstein was above his pay grade, Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.

#37 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-07-10 03:01 PM | Reply

Jeff Tiedrich
@itsJeffTiedrich
no one could have predicted that the party of Nazis, mall creepers, wife beaters, pedophile wrestling coaches, compromised Russian assets, concentration camp fanboys, blackout-drunk rapist judges and bone saw murder apologists would also be the party of sex trafficking plutocrats

#38 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-10 03:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"putting money in one door dirty and having it come out another door clean."

Epstein liked to do that too.
Only it wasn't money.

#39 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-10 03:14 PM | Reply

--Jeff Tiedrich

Guy looks like a psycho.
pbs.twimg.com

#40 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-10 03:22 PM | Reply

#40 post an image of yourself, i'd love to see how sane you look in comparison.

#41 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-10 03:24 PM | Reply

just watched his live statement/question-answer on TV...very glib non confrontational.full of s hit. i'm anxious to hear what the legal talking heads say about his explanation of why the girls weren't told up front about the plea deal.
I think his answer won't hold up

#42 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-10 03:31 PM | Reply

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