Fox host calls for Acosta to step down over Epstein

Fox News’s Steve Hilton on Monday repeated his call for Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFederal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority Appeals court to review legality of Epstein plea deal Appeals court finds prosecutors' secret plea agreement with Epstein didn't break law MORE to resign for his role in helping secure a plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein that allowed him to serve just over a year in prison after he was convicted of sex crimes.

Epstein, who was arrested over the weekend on charges of sex trafficking, served 13 months in “custody with work release” after his 2008 conviction for soliciting prostitution from underage girls, allowing him to spend 16 hours a day outside of prison in a deal approved by Acosta, then a U.S. attorney.

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Hilton had previously called for Acosta’s resignation over the deal in December, saying he owed “all of us an explanation and an apology.”

The host of "The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton" reiterated his call on Monday, asking, "Will we finally see some accountability from Alex AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFederal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority Appeals court to review legality of Epstein plea deal Appeals court finds prosecutors' secret plea agreement with Epstein didn't break law MORE?"

"In my view, it really is time for him to go," he added.

Former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) agreed with Hilton and said he would be “surprised” if Trump did not fire the Labor secretary.

“When you continue to make yourself the issue and distract from the president's agenda, you no longer need to be serving there, and this is not going to go away,” Chaffetz said. “This case is going to continue on.”

"It's not anything he has done since President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE appointed him. This is, as you said, a long time ago. But there's something about it. It's so egregious. It's so revolting. You just think, 'Come on,'" Hilton said.

Epstein, who was arrested in New Jersey on Saturday, pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday. Prosecutors alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005, and U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said that federal agents recovered nude photographs of apparently underage girls from his mansion in New York.