Jeffrey Epstein investigation expands into private island and New Mexico

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Acosta, the USA secretary of Labor did resign on Friday - two days after he tried to make a logical case for the lenient deal he gave Epstein - which he didn't; six days after Epstein's arrest in New Jersey; six months after the Herald Editorial Board said Acosta should resign; and 11 years after Acosta did little to land Epstein - alleged to have sexually molested or raped dozens of young girls, some barely in their teens, at his mansion in Palm Beach County - in prison for a long time.

Federal prosecutors in the case against Jeffrey Epstein say the disgraced financier tried to pay off potential witnesses.

Earlier this week, attornies for Epstein proposed that he be released into home detention on a bail package valued at $77 million, secured by the mortgage on his Manhattan mansion.

The Epstein case came up during Acosta's Senate confirmation hearing but the Republican-majority Senate approved him in a 60-38 vote.

His lawyers bask in no longer yet commented on the payout claims.

Prosecutors said the financier made two payments, one for $100,000 and another for $250,000, to a pair of suspected co-conspirators, who were not named.

They said they had recently obtained records from a financial institution showing he was worth "more than $500 million", and earns at least $10 million a year.

Epstein became as soon as arrested Saturday at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey as he arrived on a flight from Paris.

The indictment alleges Epstein "enticed and recruited" underage girls to his properties in Manhattan and in Palm Beach, Fla.

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The allegation came in a court filing by federal prosecutors in NY, who recently arrested and charged Epstein with sexually abusing dozens of young girls from 2002 to 2005.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the risk that he would soar as causes to retain him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

"Alex called me this morning and wanted to see me", President Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House on a trip to Wisconsin yesterday.

"Mr. Acosta now joins the sprawling parade of President Trump's chosen advisors who have left the administration under clouds of scandal and corruption, leaving rudderless and discouraged agencies in their wake".

Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee who has called on Acosta to testify on the Epstein matter, said in a statement: "Secretary Acosta's role in approving the extremely favourable deal for Jeffrey Epstein raises significant concerns about his failure to respect the rights of the victims, many of whom were children when they were assaulted". Under the terms of that deal, Epstein served 13 months in jail, was required to reach financial settlements with dozens of his alleged victims and register as a sex offender.

"It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old".

Balderas' office has not said, however, how many accusers his office has interviewed and he has not elaborated on what they say took place at the ranch.

The New York Times is now reporting that Epstein allgedly victimized young women as early as the 1970s, when he taught at New York's prestigious Dalton School.

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