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>>>AND THINGS GOT A LITTLE EXTRA SPICY AT A CHICKEN JOINT. EXTRA SPICY AT A CHICKEN JOINT. WE’LL SHARE THE DETAILS. WE’LL SHARE THE DETAILS. BUT FIRST. BUT FIRST. ALEX ACOSTA RESIGNED. ALEX ACOSTA RESIGNED. THE SECRETARY OF LABOR HAS BEEN THE SECRETARY OF LABOR HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF UNDER FIRE THIS WEEK BECAUSE OF A DECADE OLD PLEA DEAL HE MADE A DECADE OLD PLEA DEAL HE MADE WITH JEFFREY EPSTEIN. WITH JEFFREY EPSTEIN. THIS EVENING WE HAVE NEW INFO IN THIS EVENING WE HAVE NEW INFO IN THE CASE. THE CASE. FIRST OF ALL, PROSECUTORS IN NEW FIRST OF ALL, PROSECUTORS IN NEW YORK ARE NOW ACCUSING EPSTEIN OF YORK ARE NOW ACCUSING EPSTEIN OF WITNESS TAMPERING. WITNESS TAMPERING. HE PAID SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF HE PAID SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO INFLUENCE INDIVIDUALS MONEY TO INFLUENCE INDIVIDUALS WHO MIGHT BENESS WITNESSES WHO MIGHT BENESS WITNESSES AGAINST HIM AT A TRIAL. AGAINST HIM AT A TRIAL. FINANCIAL RECORDS INDICATE HE FINANCIAL RECORDS INDICATE HE WIRED A TOTAL OF $350,000 TO TWO WIRED A TOTAL OF $350,000 TO TWO POSSIBLE CO CON SPORE TORESPIRAT POSSIBLE CO CON SPORE TORESPIRAT EPSTEIN’S LAWYERS DID NOT EPSTEIN’S LAWYERS DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURN A REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATELY RETURN A REQUEST FOR COMMENT. COMMENT.>>>JAY WEAVER FROM THE “MIAMI>>>JAY WEAVER FROM THE “MIAMI HERALD” JOINS US NOW. HERALD” JOINS US NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. US. LET’S GO TO THE LATEST NEWS LET’S GO TO THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE WIRES. ABOUT THE WIRES. WHAT DOES THE “HERALD” KNOW WHAT DOES THE “HERALD” KNOW ABOUT THOSE? ABOUT THOSE?>>FOR ONE THING, THEY WERE>>FOR ONE THING, THEY WERE DISCLOSED BY FEDERAL DISCLOSED BY FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS ON THE EVE OF THE INVESTIGATORS ON THE EVE OF THE EPSTEIN BOND HEARING. EPSTEIN BOND HEARING. YOU HAVE TO BEAR IN MIND WHY YOU HAVE TO BEAR IN MIND WHY THEY ARE RELEASING THIS THEY ARE RELEASING THIS INFORMATION. INFORMATION. THEY WANT TO DETAIN HIM BEFORE THEY WANT TO DETAIN HIM BEFORE TRIAL. TRIAL. THEY DON’T WANT HIM RELEASED. THEY DON’T WANT HIM RELEASED. THEY CONSIDER THIS ACCUSED THEY CONSIDER THIS ACCUSED SEXUAL PREDATOR A DANGER TO THE SEXUAL PREDATOR A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY AND A FLIGHT RISK. COMMUNITY AND A FLIGHT RISK. BUT ON TOP OF THAT, THEY’RE BUT ON TOP OF THAT, THEY’RE INDICATING TO THE MAGISTRATE INDICATING TO THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE, YOU NEED TO DETAIN HIM JUDGE, YOU NEED TO DETAIN HIM ALSO BECAUSE HE WAS OBSTRUCTING ALSO BECAUSE HE WAS OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE AND TAMPERING WITH JUSTICE AND TAMPERING WITH WITNESSES IN THIS CASE. WITNESSES IN THIS CASE. AND THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN AND THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN ASSURE HIS PRESENCE AT TRIAL IF ASSURE HIS PRESENCE AT TRIAL IF YOU ALLOW HIM OUT AS HIS DEFENSE YOU ALLOW HIM OUT AS HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEYS HAVE REQUESTED IN ATTORNEYS HAVE REQUESTED IN THEIR OWN FILINGS THAT WERE PUT THEIR OWN FILINGS THAT WERE PUT IN THE COURT RECORD YESTERDAY, IN THE COURT RECORD YESTERDAY, WHICH WAS THURSDAY. WHICH WAS THURSDAY.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. I WANT TO STICK WITH THE EPSTEIN I WANT TO STICK WITH THE EPSTEIN THEME FOR A MOMENT AND GO BACK THEME FOR A MOMENT AND GO BACK TO ACOSTA IN A MINUTE. TO ACOSTA IN A MINUTE. THE “MIAMI HERALD” REPORTING THE “MIAMI HERALD” REPORTING MORE VICTIMS HAVE COME OUT. MORE VICTIMS HAVE COME OUT. AS MANY AS A DOZEN NEW POSSIBLE AS MANY AS A DOZEN NEW POSSIBLE VICTIMS. VICTIMS. ALL OF THIS HAPPENING, AGAIN, AS ALL OF THIS HAPPENING, AGAIN, AS YOU MENTIONED, THAT EPSTEIN IS YOU MENTIONED, THAT EPSTEIN IS TRYING TO GET BAIL AND TRYING TO TRYING TO GET BAIL AND TRYING TO BE RELEASED. BE RELEASED. DOES THE “HERALD” HAVE ANY MORE DOES THE “HERALD” HAVE ANY MORE INFORMATION? INFORMATION?>>MY COLLEAGUES AT THE “MIAMI>>MY COLLEAGUES AT THE “MIAMI HERALD”, JULIE BROWN, HAS BEEN HERALD”, JULIE BROWN, HAS BEEN COVERING THIS CASE SINCE COVERING THIS CASE SINCE NOVEMBER WHEN SHE BROKE THE BIG NOVEMBER WHEN SHE BROKE THE BIG STORY THAT BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE STORY THAT BROUGHT TO LIGHT THE VOICES OF THE VICTIMS OF VOICES OF THE VICTIMS OF EPSTEIN. EPSTEIN. AND THERE WERE SOME DOZENS OF AND THERE WERE SOME DOZENS OF THEM. THEM. ORIGINALLY THERE WERE SOME 36 ORIGINALLY THERE WERE SOME 36 REPORTING. REPORTING. TWO IN SOUTH FLORIDA. TWO IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THERE ARE AS MANY AS 80 TO 100 THERE ARE AS MANY AS 80 TO 100 OVERALL. OVERALL. WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS MORE HAVE WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS MORE HAVE BEEN COMING OUT OF THE BEEN COMING OUT OF THE PROVERBIAL WOODWORK THIS WEEK. PROVERBIAL WOODWORK THIS WEEK. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE U.S. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN NEW YORK HAVE 14 OR MORE COMING YORK HAVE 14 OR MORE COMING FORWARD THROUGH THEIR CIVIL FORWARD THROUGH THEIR CIVIL ATTORNEYS. ATTORNEYS. THEY HAVE CONTACTED THEIR CIVIL THEY HAVE CONTACTED THEIR CIVIL ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE BEEN PURSUING ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE BEEN PURSUING JUSTICE IN THIS CASE FOR YEARS JUSTICE IN THIS CASE FOR YEARS NOW. NOW. AND OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE BEEN AND OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE BEEN CONTACTING THE STATE ATTORNEYS CONTACTING THE STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE — EXCUSE ME, THE U.S. OFFICE — EXCUSE ME, THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN THE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. IT IS ABOUT NEW EVIDENCE, IN NEW IT IS ABOUT NEW EVIDENCE, IN NEW YORK, NOT FLORIDA. YORK, NOT FLORIDA.>>ONACOSTA RESIGNED.>>ONACOSTA RESIGNED. TWO DAYS AGO HE DEFENDED HIMSELF TWO DAYS AGO HE DEFENDED HIMSELF SAYING THE EVIDENCE WAS SAYING THE EVIDENCE WAS DIFFERENT BACK THERE. DIFFERENT BACK THERE. IT WAS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT WAS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT PROSECUTORS HAVE NOW. PROSECUTORS HAVE NOW. WAS IT REALLY AND WAS DOES WAS IT REALLY AND WAS DOES EVERYONE AT THE HERALD MAKE OF EVERYONE AT THE HERALD MAKE OF HIS DEFENSE. HIS DEFENSE.>>THE REALITY IS ALEX ACOSTA IS>>THE REALITY IS ALEX ACOSTA IS A LONG TIME PUBLIC SERVANT AND A LONG TIME PUBLIC SERVANT AND LAWYER, HARVARD EDUCATED, BOTH LAWYER, HARVARD EDUCATED, BOTH HAS AN UNDERGRAD AND AS A LAW HAS AN UNDERGRAD AND AS A LAW SCHOOL STUDENT. SCHOOL STUDENT. HE HAD A LONG HISTORY IN THE GOP HE HAD A LONG HISTORY IN THE GOP OF DIFFERENT LAWYERS WORKING OF DIFFERENT LAWYERS WORKING THEIR WAY TO THE JUSTICE THEIR WAY TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT. CAME DOWN TO MIAMI UNKNOWN. CAME DOWN TO MIAMI UNKNOWN. AND HE EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTERED AND HE EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTERED THE CASE. THE CASE. HE CUT THIS DEAL. HE CUT THIS DEAL. IT HAS NOW COME BACK TO HAUNT IT HAS NOW COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM 12 YEARS LATER. HIM 12 YEARS LATER. IT WAS A NON-PROSECUTION IT WAS A NON-PROSECUTION AGREEMENT. AGREEMENT. BUT THE REALITY IS THE CASE IN BUT THE REALITY IS THE CASE IN NEW YORK IS A BOOKEND TO THE NEW YORK IS A BOOKEND TO THE CASE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. CASE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THERE WERE DOZENS OF UNDER-AGED THERE WERE DOZENS OF UNDER-AGED GIRLS, 14 TO 17, WHO WERE PARADE GIRLS, 14 TO 17, WHO WERE PARADE TO HAVE SEX IN A SEX TRAFFICKING TO HAVE SEX IN A SEX TRAFFICKING RING ORCHESTRATED, ALLEGEDLY, BY RING ORCHESTRATED, ALLEGEDLY, BY JEFF EPSTEIN. JEFF EPSTEIN. THE DEAL WAS TO ONLY SEEK A PLEA THE DEAL WAS TO ONLY SEEK A PLEA DEAL FOR SOLICITING A MINOR IN DEAL FOR SOLICITING A MINOR IN PALM BEACH COUNTY. PALM BEACH COUNTY. THE CASE IN NEW YORK IS MUCH THE CASE IN NEW YORK IS MUCH MORE SERIOUS AND MANY MORE MORE SERIOUS AND MANY MORE VICTIMS ARE GOING TO COME VICTIMS ARE GOING TO COME FORWARD BECAUSE IT’S THE WAY FORWARD BECAUSE IT’S THE WAY THESE THINGS GO. THESE THINGS GO. HE HAS TRIED TO KEEP IT HUSHED HE HAS TRIED TO KEEP IT HUSHED FOR A LONG TIME. FOR A LONG TIME. IT HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM, IT HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT HIM, AS IT HAS ALEX ACOSTA, WHICH IS AS IT HAS ALEX ACOSTA, WHICH IS WHY HE RESIGNED. WHY HE RESIGNED. HE FOUND HIS SITUATION HE FOUND HIS SITUATION UNTENABLE. UNTENABLE. HE COULD NO LONGER HANDLE HE COULD NO LONGER HANDLE HIMSELF, THE CASE. HIMSELF, THE CASE. IT BECAME A DISTRACTION FOR THE IT BECAME A DISTRACTION FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. WHICH SEEMS TO BE A CIRCUS OF WHICH SEEMS TO BE A CIRCUS OF DISTRACTIONS. DISTRACTIONS. BUT THIS ONE WAS TOO BIG FOR THE BUT THIS ONE WAS TOO BIG FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ACOSTA TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ACOSTA DECIDED TO RESIGN ON HIS OWN. DECIDED TO RESIGN ON HIS OWN.>>ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THAT DAY>>ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THAT DAY OR WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN YOU OR WERE YOU SURPRISED WHEN YOU HEARD THE RESIGNATION TODAY? HEARD THE RESIGNATION TODAY? SOME PEOPLE SAYING THEY WEREN’T SOME PEOPLE SAYING THEY WEREN’T AS SURPRISED AT THE RESIGNATION AS SURPRISED AT THE RESIGNATION BUT HOW QUICKLY IT CAME? BUT HOW QUICKLY IT CAME?>>WELL, I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW>>WELL, I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW QUICKLY IT CAME. QUICKLY IT CAME. HE DID DO A REASONABLY GOOD JOB HE DID DO A REASONABLY GOOD JOB WEDNESDAY AS TO WHY HE THOUGHT WEDNESDAY AS TO WHY HE THOUGHT HIS OFFICE ACTED APPROPRIATELY HIS OFFICE ACTED APPROPRIATELY AND WHY HE CUT THE AND WHY HE CUT THE NON-PROSECUTION AGREEMENT 12 NON-PROSECUTION AGREEMENT 12 YEARS AGO AND ALLOWED THE STATE YEARS AGO AND ALLOWED THE STATE CASE TO GO FORWARD, YOU KNOW, CASE TO GO FORWARD, YOU KNOW, ALONG WITH PROVISIONS IN THAT. ALONG WITH PROVISIONS IN THAT. HE WOULD BE A SEX OFFENDER, HE WOULD BE A SEX OFFENDER, REGISTERED. REGISTERED. 36 TO 42 VICTIMS. 36 TO 42 VICTIMS. HE NEVER APOLOGIZED. HE NEVER APOLOGIZED. HE NEVER SAID THAT HE WAS SORRY HE NEVER SAID THAT HE WAS SORRY TO ANY OF THE VICTIMS. TO ANY OF THE VICTIMS. HE NEVER SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, HE HE NEVER SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, HE WOULD HAVE DONE THINGS WOULD HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. DIFFERENTLY. HE NEVER REALLY SHOWED ANY HE NEVER REALLY SHOWED ANY ATONEMENT OR ANY EMPATHY. ATONEMENT OR ANY EMPATHY. AND I THINK THE COURT, THE AND I THINK THE COURT, THE CONDEMNATION GREW LOUDER AND CONDEMNATION GREW LOUDER AND LOUDER. LOUDER. HE FELT HE WAS BECOMING TOO MUCH HE FELT HE WAS BECOMING TOO MUCH OF THE STORY AND DETRACTING FROM OF THE STORY AND DETRACTING FROM THE PURPOSE OF THE TRUMP THE PURPOSE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. SO HIS ROLE AS LABOR SECRETARY SO HIS ROLE AS LABOR SECRETARY BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY OUT. BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY OUT. SO HE HIMSELF, AS HE INDICATED, SO HE HIMSELF, AS HE INDICATED, DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS TODAY. DECIDED TO CALL IT QUITS TODAY. I FOUND IT PRETTY REMARKABLE I FOUND IT PRETTY REMARKABLE ONLY BECAUSE THIS GUY HAS BEEN A ONLY BECAUSE THIS GUY HAS BEEN A CAREER PUBLIC SERVANT. CAREER PUBLIC SERVANT. HE HAS BEEN AMBITIOUS. HE HAS BEEN AMBITIOUS. BUT HE HAS ALSO MADE A BUT HE HAS ALSO MADE A COMMITMENT TO SERVING THE COMMITMENT TO SERVING THE PUBLIC. PUBLIC. HE IS A LAWYER. HE IS A LAWYER. NOT A TRIAL LAWYER, BUT NOT A TRIAL LAWYER, BUT INTELLECTUAL LAWYER AND INTELLECTUAL LAWYER AND ADMINISTRATOR AND VERY ADMINISTRATOR AND VERY SUCCESSFUL OVER THE YEARS. SUCCESSFUL OVER THE YEARS. BUT FOR THE EPSTEIN CASE, HE HAS BUT FOR THE EPSTEIN CASE, HE HAS HAD A REMARKABLE RUN AS A HAD A REMARKABLE RUN AS A REPUBLICAN ACCOLADE IN THE BUSH REPUBLICAN ACCOLADE IN THE BUSH TRUMP ERA AFCON SERVE TEUFPL. TRUMP ERA AFCON SERVE TEUFPL.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY AND ALL YOUR TIME TODAY AND ALL YOUR INSIGHTS. INSIGHTS. IT HAS BEEN A BIDS DAY FOR “THE

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