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Epstein charges renew questions about Trump official's role in 2007 case

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta attends a Cabinet meeting in August 2018. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

WASHINGTON - The indictment Monday of Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges has reignited questions about the way Alexander Acosta - now President Trump's labor secretary - handled an earlier case against Epstein that resulted in a minimal sentence.

As U.S. attorney in Florida in 2007, Acosta negotiated a plea deal that led to two felony solicitation charges and 13 months in county jail for Epstein, with the billionaire financier allowed to work from his office six days a week. Epstein had been facing the possibility of life in prison. His alleged victims were not told about the deal...

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