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Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid plea deal controversy
President Donald Trump has announced Friday that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, a move that comes after furor over a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta has been under renewed scrutiny over his previous role as the US attorney in Miami, during which he negotiated a 2008 plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a well-connected multi-millionaire, avoided a federal trial at the time and served only 13 months in prison for state prostitution charges over his involvement with underage girls. A Miami Herald investigation published last November described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the "deal of a lifetime."