On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta held a press conference to address controversy about a “sweetheart” deal that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to spend just 13 months in jail. During that time, Epstein was allowed to leave and work out of an office.
“Facts are important, and facts are being overlooked,” Acosta said.
As a U.S. attorney in Miami, Acosta helped negotiation the plea deal. He said during his press conference that the Palm Beach State Attorney’s office was ready to “let Epstein walk free” and claimed the plea deal was necessary to put him behind bars.
“The goal here was straightforward, put Epstein behind bars, ensure he registered as a sex offender, provide victims with the means to seek restitution, and protect the public by putting them on notice that a predator was in their midst,” Acosta said.
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US sanctions Chinese oil trader for violating Iran restrictions: Pompeo
The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday.
"As part of that maximum pressure campaign, I am announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive Youmin Li," Pompeo said in a speech.
"They violated US law by accepting crude oil," he said.
The announcement was the latest step by Washington to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its alleged military activities in the Middle East and its nuclear program by taking aim at business partners.
French inventor to hover across English Channel on ‘flyboard’
A French inventor aims to soar across the English Channel this week on a jet-powered "flyboard", despite authorities warning the stunt is a danger to shipping.
Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata has pledged to go ahead on Thursday on his device, which can reach speeds up to 190 kilometres an hour (118 mph).
It will come 10 days days after the entrepreneur wowed crowds when he flew above the Champs-Elysees boulevard in Paris in front of President Emmanuel Macron for the annual July 14 military parade.
But authorities are divided over the daredevil venture, which will mark 110 years to the day since Frenchmen Louis Bleriot made the first aeroplane flight across the Channel.
Meghan McCain snaps at Sunny Hostin for daring to disagree with her about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Meghan McCain slammed President Donald Trump for hurling racist abuse at four Democratic congresswomen to heighten divisions in his rival party, and then framed the debate in the exact same way he has.
The conservative co-host on "The View" condemned the president's statements urging the four first-year lawmakers to return to their home countries as racist, and then complained that one of their chiefs of staff had accused moderate Democrats of turning a blind eye to racism.
"I think the politics of this is fascinating," McCain began. "We spent our entire week last week talking about how racist and xenophobic the original comments and the chants were, and I stand by that statement."