Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Resigns Amid Epstein Furor

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Saul Degraw says:

    If the Vox article I read is true (and who can tell anymore), Trump said that Acosta made this decision sua sponte. If that is true, he can read writing on the wall much better than Trump (no surprise) and has at least a very small sense of decency.Report

    • Morat20 in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      He could have been fired simply because Trump was tired of seeing Acosta’s name on the news instead of his own. Trump’s a firm believer in “No such thing as bad publicity” by all accounts.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    I was hoping that the reference to a rolling head would refer to something like “corruption charges” and not “quit his job”.

    From where I sit, he’s an accessory to whatever Epstein did after the sweet deal was made and ought to be charged as such.Report

    • I hope that happens, and everyone involved is punished and outed…but I fear this will be like the Heidi Fleiss thing, you get a name or two you already knew, but eventually enough pressure comes to bear it ends up disappearing to protect all but few sacrificial lambsReport

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Andrew Donaldson says:

        I’m pretty cynical at this point so I bet this does not go to trial (Epstein pleas and is sent somewhere very far away). Or it gets some d-listers at best. Dershowitz and Prince Andrew being the biggest names. If there are lots of rich and powerful guys implicated*, I bet it gets swept under the rug.

        *Some of the victims state that they were forced to have sex with older men by Epstein and Maxwell but no names so far except Dershowitz and Prince Andrew. One of the wild theories on how Epstein got his money was by blackmailing guys by revealing that the “eighteen” year old girl they had sex with that night was really fifteen. Plus there is video/photos. If this is true, those names get swept under.Report

  3. Pinky says:

    What we know is that a guy who has spent most of his career in government just resigned over the appearance of impropriety rather than hang on. I don’t know if he failed on the Epstein deal, or if he was corrupt, or if Trump forced him out. But he put country and/or president over career, and I respect that. This is the opposite of “deep state” thinking.Report