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Jeffrey Epstein donated 15k to UES all-girls school blocks from mansion

Jeffrey Epstein donated 15k to UES all-girls school blocks from mansion

The federal prosecutors said in a Friday court filing in NY that the 66-year-old multimillionaire wired a total $350,000 to two people who could potentially testify against him at trail after the Miami Herald published the beginning of an investigative report detailing a secret deal Epstein made with authorities in Florida to avoid prosecution in 2008.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta's resignation announcement on Friday sparked demands from progressive groups for Congress to "hold abusers and their enablers"-including President Donald Trump-"accountable".

Acosta came under renewed scrutiny in recent days over his role years ago as a us attorney in Miami, during which time he cut a secret non-prosecution agreement in 2008 with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. "I do not think it is right and fair to this administration's Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today", he said Friday.

Mr Acosta did not apologise for his handling of the case, saying only that the deal - which closed the FBI investigation into whether there were more victims or perpetrators - was a guarantee of jail time. "And not just let it go, we'll help him, '" Verheyden-Hilliard told Sputnik.

Prosecutors say the payments were made in November 2018 after a story in the Miami Herald broke listing the details of a plea deal he struck with federal authorities to avoid charges.

Acosta, the son of Cuban refugees and the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet, previously served on the National Labour Relations Board and in the U.S. Department of Justice under Republican President George W. Bush.

Acosta has served in Trump's Cabinet since April 2017.

"I hate to see this happen", Trump said. Under the deal Acosta brokered, Epstein pleaded guilty to a pair of counts of solicitation, one of the cases involving a minor. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Former president Bill Clinton reportedly flew on Epstein's plane at least 26 times.

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Epstein is accused of running a sex-trafficking enterprise, where he paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home in NY and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

"Alex was a great Secretary of Labor and his service is truly appreciated", Trump said in a tweet.

In a filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to the two individuals, who were not named.

Speaking before reporters at the White House Friday, Acosta said it would be "selfish" for him to remain in the administration at this time.

"As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed - despite a federal law to the contrary - that the deal would be kept from the victims".

In a 2002 profile in New York Magazine, Mr Trump referred to Epstein as a "terrific guy".

Instead of ending up in prison for the rest of his life, Epstein struck a non-prosecution agreement, which prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from further investigating his sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of emails, court documents and Federal Bureau of Investigation records. "Today's world treats victims very, very differently", he said.

He said that the labor secretary press conference Wednesday "did not play to good reviews", seeing as Acosta did not show a lot of heart or empathy, and refused to apologize to the victims.