"Since when maintain underage girl intercourse ring traffickers procure to hump to their predicament of enterprise each day while they support their time?" Sen.
US prosecutors in NY accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking in an indictment that detailed how he lured dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coerced them into performing sex acts.
Acosta called the new charges an "important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice".
Two of Epstein's victims sued the federal government years ago claiming the Miami U.S. attorney's office failed to consult them on his plea agreement, as required under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
Pelosi claimed in a tweet late on Monday that Acosta's agreement with the indicted financier was concealed from his "young courageous victims" and prevented them from seeking justice.
Trump, meanwhile, has defended his labor secretary, telling reporters that "if you go back and look at everybody else's decisions - whether it's a USA attorney, or an assistant US attorney or a judge - you go back 12, or 15 years ago or 20 years ago and look at their past decisions, I would think you'd probably find that they would wish they maybe did it a different way".
According to prosecutors, Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005. A lawyer representing three of Epstein's victims during a 2009 suit stated that Trump was very helpful in building his case, and that the future president "was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information".
Acosta has faced growing calls to resign, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who accused him of having "engaged in an unconscionable agreement" with Epstein.
"The second part of the agreement at issue states: "... on authority of R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, prosecution in this District for these offences shall be deferred in favour of prosecution by the State of Florida...."
Thanks to Alex Acosta, who was then a USA attorney in Miami and is now Trump's labor secretary, Epstein got a plea deal in 2007 that makes a slap on the wrist look like the electric chair.
The victims had been tantalizing his non-prosecution settlement in Florida.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. In February, a federal have faith ruled that the prosecutors led by Acosta had violated federal law by failing to sing the accusers of the settlement.
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from involvement in the new indictment, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.
The scandal has also implicated Donald Trump's labor secretary, Alex Acosta, who was then the federal prosecutor who oversaw the deal. "I had a falling out with him a truly very lengthy time ago", Trump said. "But you're talking about a long time ago". "I have 28 girls coming, '" former Trump associate George Houraney reportedly said.
Trump spoke approvingly about Epstein in a 2002 magazine profile, calling him a "terrific guy". Houraney, a businessman, reportedly said Trump "didn't care" about how he had to ban Epstein from his events.
Clinton, through a spokesperson, said he "knows nothing about the awful crimes" Epstein is accused of, and outlined on Monday the contacts he had with Epstein. "No doubt about it - Jeffrey enjoys his social life".