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Warren: Acosta 'ethically compromised and unfit to serve' as Trump Labor secretary

Warren: Acosta 'ethically compromised and unfit to serve' as Trump Labor secretary
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday called Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaOn The Money: Trump slams relief bill, calls on Congress to increase stimulus money | Biden faces new critical deadlines after relief package | Labor rule allows restaurants to require broader tip pooling Labor rule allows restaurants to require broader tip pooling Federal litigator files complaint alleging Labor secretary abused his authority MORE "ethically compromised and unfit to serve" after a non-prosecution agreement for Jeffrey Epstein that he oversaw reentered the news. 

Under the agreement, Epstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 30 girls, was sentenced to serve just 13 months in jail, and he and his co-conspirators were given further immunity.  Acosta was serving as a U.S. attorney in Miami at the time. 

Epstein was rearrested Saturday and charged with sex trafficking. He pleaded not guilty on Monday. 

"I opposed Secretary Acosta's nomination, and voted against his confirmation," Warren tweeted. "The last few days have only highlighted how ethically compromised and unfit to serve he is. Acosta must resign—now."

Several other 2020 presidential candidates also called on Acosta to step down. But Acosta defended the decade-old deal on Tuesday. 

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"With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator,” he tweeted.