Acosta steps down

(NBC News) Embattled U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is stepping down.

Acosta has been under fire for his handling of a sex crimes case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, when Acosta was U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida.

New sex trafficking charges against Epstein cast scrutiny on a secret plea deal approved by Acosta that resulted in less than a year in jail.

“It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than about the amazing economy that we have right now. So I submitted my resignation to the President effective seven days from today,” Acosta said.

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