Ten years before Alexander Acosta was nominated as Trump’s Labor Secretary, he served as federal prosecutor on a case which implicated Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and a vast network of rich and powerful men in an underage prostitution ring run by billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffery Epstein. Though Epstein’s had systematically abused 40 minors, and would have likely served a life sentence if charged for all counts, Acosta opted to let Epstein off with with a slap on the wrist. Under the agreement, Epstein would plead guilty to 2 counts of prostitution and serve just 13 months in a county jail.
The deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — also explicitly prevented any coconspirators from being charged. This shut down an ongoing FBI investigation into other powerful people implicated. Both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton had been specifically called out as frequent flyers on Epstein’s Lolita Express, and were named in related suits.
Consider the statement Trump made regarding his relationship with Epstein in 2002:
“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. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Trump in 2002
“On the younger side” meant children. Most between the ages of 13 and 16.