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Acosta should resign or be fired: Schumer

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Acosta should resign or be fired: Schumer

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told fellow lawmakers Tuesday that Labor secretary Alex Acosta should resign for his role in the controversial plea deal he struck with millionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, or be fired.

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Acosta should resign or be fired: Schumer

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NO USE ABC AMERICA, FOX, CNN, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS.**~ U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign amid renewed concerns over the way the former federal prosecutor handled a decade-old sex abuse case against wealthy U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Representatives for Acosta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Monday, U.S. prosecutors in New York accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutors said they were not bound by the 2008 Florida deal struck by Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, that allowed Epstein to plea to a lesser offense.

Epstein served 13 months in jail with leave during the day and registered as a sex offender.

Epstein's case drew renewed attention earlier this year after a Miami Herald report highlighted the plea deal and victims' ongoing struggle for justice.

In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the agreement between Acosta and Epstein violated the victims' rights.

The White House says it is looking into the matter.

Acosta's role in the Florida deal for Epstein was raised at his confirmation hearing in the Republican-led Senate.

He has served as Labor secretary since April 2017.

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