Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks

A longtime confidant of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE said late Tuesday that 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’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 LemonConfederate flag banner flies over Bristol Motor Speedway to flout NASCAR's ban Democratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad Loeffler doubles down against BLM, calls movement 'anti-Semitic' amid continued WNBA blowback 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 BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate 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.