Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks

A longtime confidant of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE said late Tuesday that Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaTrump officially nominates Eugene Scalia as Labor secretary pick Our farmers need a better labor program Three more Epstein accusers sue estate MORE’s role in helping to secure a plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago was “indefensible” and that he is “not going to stay for long” as a Cabinet member.

“My experience with Donald Trump is if he sees somebody is a bad apple ... he will stay as far away from that person is possible,” Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October CNN climate town hall finishes last in viewers among cable news broadcasts CNN correspondent: We could do a climate town hall every day and it wouldn't be enough MORE. “I think the plea agreement he did is indefensible."

When asked if that meant Acosta could be gone within weeks, Ruddy responded: “I think in a relatively quick period, he will be gone.”

Ruddy added that GOP senators were aware of the plea deal when they voted unanimously to confirm Acosta in April 2017, but now say privately that the situation has changed since federal prosecutors unsealed new charges against Epstein on Monday.

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“I think the president looks at this and says, ‘Hey, he did a good job as secretary of Labor, he passed a Senate confirmation where senators knew ... about this deal,' ” Ruddy said.

Acosta, previously a U.S. attorney in Florida, is under fire for his role in the Epstein case. Acosta oversaw a plea deal that allowed Epstein to spend just 13 months in prison after being convicted of sex crimes. 

A judge ruled in February that federal prosecutors under Acosta violated the law by hiding the agreement from Epstein's victims, according to the Miami Herald.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the new charges, which allege he abused dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005.

Top Democratic lawmakers and 2020 presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (D-Mass.), have since called for Acosta to resign.

Acosta’s job security took a hit after Trump offered a muted defense of the Labor secretary and as GOP senators criticized his involvement in the plea deal.

Trump told reporters at the White House that Acosta has been a “very good” Labor secretary and that he “felt very badly” for Acosta, adding that he would be looking at the case “very carefully.”

Republican senators privately predict Acosta will eventually have to resign, while others say he is a political liability for Trump because of ties to Epstein, whom Trump socialized with years ago in Palm Beach, Fla.