- In 2007 Labor Secretary Alexandra Acosta helped create a plea deal that gave Jeffrey Epstein a slap on the wrist
- Acosta’s plea deal also ended an FBI investigation into Epstein and was done without informing the victims
- Chuck Schumer has called for Acosta to step down from his position due to his role in Epstein’s plea deal
- In the 90s Schumer received a total of $22,000 from Epstein
On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Schumer said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta should step down over his handling of the case against billionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in Florida.
In 2007, Acosta was Miami’s top federal prosecutor. Acosta was responsible for prosecuting Epstein after he was accused of creating a cult-like following of underage girls with the help of young girls acting as recruiters. These young girls would have sex with Epstein up to three times a day in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein was facing a 53-page federal indictment and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in federal prison. Instead, Acosta scheduled a breakfast meeting with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz. Lefkowitz was representing Epstein and managed to strike a deal with Acosta during that breakfast meeting without any of the victims’ knowledge.
The deal the two created over breakfast sentenced Epstein to 18 months in county jail — five of which were served on house arrest. The deal was a non-prosecution agreement which shut down an ongoing FBI investigation looking for more victims and other powerful people involved in the Epstein’s crimes. Acosta agreed the deal would be kept from the victims. The non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was accepted by the judge. This meant there was no possible way for the victims or anybody else to stop the agreement from going through.
Acosta now oversees a federal agency that provides oversight on labor laws, which also includes human trafficking. With Epstein currently facing charges related to human trafficking, Schumer’s current concerns are not unwarranted and a demand for Acosta to step down is not unreasonable. However, it would seem Schumer had his own relationship with Epstein and in the 90s received over $20,000 from the billionaire.
According to Federal Election Commission records, Schumer received seven $1,000 donations from Epstein beginning in 1992 and going through 1997. Epstein donated another $1,000 to Schumer’s 1998 Senator run in New York, which he won. Donors were able to pledge $1,000 to a candidate. Once in the primary and again during the general election.
Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also established the joint fundraising committee Victory in New York. In 1998, records show Epstein gave Victory in New York $10,000. Once again, Epstein gave $5,000 to the Schumer-associated joint committee Win New York. The committee benefited the Liberal party of the State of New York.
In total, Schummer received $22,000 from Epstein in the mid to late 90s. Spokesperson for Schumer Angelo Roefaro stated the campaign accounts closed 20 years ago. Roefaro said Schumer will be donating an equal amount to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.
While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.Angelo Roefaro Via New York Times
This is not the first time Schumer has donated money received from a powerful sexual deviant. A few years back, Schumer was one of a handful of Democrats that donated the money they had received from Harvey Weinstein to different non-profit groups. Schumer received a total of $14,200 from Weinstein, the highest amount donated to any of the six Democrats.
- Senator Elizabeth Warren received $5,000 from Weinstein. Warren donated the money to the non-profit Casa Myrna.
- Senator Patrick Leahy received $5,100 from Weinstein and donated the contributions to the Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.
- Senator Martin Heinrich received $5,400 in contributions from Weinstein. The money was donated to the non-profit Community Against Violence.
- Senator Cory Booker received $7,800 from Weinstein and donated the contributions to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand received over $10,000 in contributions from Weinstein. Gillibrand donated the money to RAAIN.
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer received $14,200 in contributions from Schumer. Schumer donated the money to several charities supporting women.
Weinstein was arrested in May of last year and faces two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape. If found guilty, 67-year-old Weinstein is facing the rest of his life in prison.
Epstein is facing charges related to trafficking dozens of minors between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida. Acosta has supported his decision in Epstein’s last case and tried to push responsibility elsewhere. In a bizarre move, Acosta even tried to paint himself as a hero for his role in creating a plea deal that shut down an FBI probe into one of the richest child traffickers on the planet.