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breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 06:17PM
There should be more soon.
NewsHour reports the state attorney at the time says that Acosta lied and made a deal in secret with Epstein's attorney, without the state's knowledge or approval.
The complete story should be appearing shortly.
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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 10, 2019 06:20PM
Money must have changed hands.



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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 06:32PM

Acosta? He's toast.



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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 06:49PM
here's what we've got so far. Source is The Hill;

Former state's attorney pushes back against Acosta account of Epstein case
[thehill.com]

A former state's attorney in Palm Beach County, Fla., pushed back on Wednesday against Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's portrayal of events surrounding a favorable deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.

Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state's attorney at the time of the investigation, called Acosta's account, which alleged Krischer was prepared to let Epstein walk without serving jail time until Acosta's office stepped in, "completely wrong."

Acosta "should not be allowed to rewrite history," Krischer said in a statement.

Acosta held a news conference earlier in the day in which he adamantly defended his work as U.S. attorney in brokering an agreement to ensure Epstein spent time in prison and was required to register as a sex offender.

Since Epstein was charged Monday with sex trafficking in New York City, Acosta has come under scrutiny for his role in negotiating that 2008 deal in Florida in which Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution under Florida law, registered as a sex offender and spent just over a year in prison while having work-release privileges.

The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office had prepared a federal indictment against Epstein, but it was never filed. Acosta has also faced criticism for failing to disclose the plea deal to Epstein’s victims, something he said would have jeopardized the agreement.

Krischer downplayed his office's role in the eventual plea deal, and alleged the U.S. Attorney's Office abandoned its federal indictment after "secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein's lawyers and Mr. Acosta."

"If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted," Krischer said.

Krischer said his office subpoenaed witnesses took evidence to a grand jury, which returned a single felony count indictment against Epstein of soliciting prostitution.

But Palm Beach police who worked the case at the time told The Miami Herald as part of an investigation published in November that they felt pressured by Krischer to downgrade Epstein's case to a misdemeanor or to drop it entirely.

Acosta did not refer to Krischer by name during Wednesday's news conference but spoke of the Palm Beach County state's attorney. He described his own office as stepping in to ensure Epstein faced some form of punishment.

"Simply put, the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office was willing to let Epstein walk free. No jail time. Nothing," Acosta said. "Prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable, and we became involved."
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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 07:31PM
good comment:
Best moments from Acosta’s presser??
- He implied that victims’ rights weren’t important in 2008.
- He tried to shift the blame onto Florida state authorities.
- He refused to apologize to the victims or admit wrongdoing in any meaningful fashion.
-Acosta is a prime example of standard Republican operating procedures.... deny, deflect, and double down.
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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 10, 2019 08:04PM
This was always another shoe to drop. They got Acosta to talk about something unrelated to his present job that happened 11 whatever years ago about a known-slime he let off easy. And now everyone else is free to point out the lies and B.S.

If this continues to blow back on Acosta, superb. As with pretty much everyone else associated with Trump, he’s an unqualified swamp member.

If this highlights the money-driven, power-broker world that let Epstein run free, that’s even better.
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Re: breaking: State attorney says Acosta is lying about the secret deal with Epstein
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 10, 2019 08:13PM
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Steve G.
good comment:
Best moments from Acosta’s presser??
- He implied that victims’ rights weren’t important in 2008.
- He tried to shift the blame onto Florida state authorities.
- He refused to apologize to the victims or admit wrongdoing in any meaningful fashion.
-Acosta is a prime example of standard Republican operating procedures.... deny, deflect, and double down.

They left off: Lie, lie, lie.



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