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Acosta Defends Plea Deal, and Trump Disses Epstein

President says they had a 'falling out' years ago and he is 'not a fan'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2019 1:30 PM CDT
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta speaks at JLS Automation in York, Pa., Thursday, June 6, 2019.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The ugly Jeffrey Epstein case involving allegations of sex with underage girls continued to reverberate Tuesday, with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defending the controversial plea deal he helped orchestrate in 2008 and President Trump distancing himself from the imprisoned financier. Developments:

  • Trump: The president told reporters he knew Epstein years ago as a "fixture on Palm Beach," but "I had a falling out with him a long time ago," reports NBC News. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years," he added. "I was not a fan of his. That I can tell you." In the wake of the arrest, a 2002 Trump quote about Epstein has been in wide circulation. "I've known Jeff for 15 years," Trump told New York magazine back then. "Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."

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