On Wednesday, labor secretary Alex Acosta held a press conference to defend his handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual assaults of under-aged girls.
Acosta had negotiated an agreement under which Epstein served 13 month on state charges.
As he defended the deal, Acosta cited his concerns that Epstein wouldn’t face any consequences if they “rolled the dice” by going to trial on federal charges.
Afterwards, a CNN expert panel demolished his line of thinking.
Legal analyst Paul Callan noted that Acosta didn’t even try to get Epstein a more stringent penalty.
“This was a press conference that demonstrated colossal prosecutorial irresponsibility,” Callan said. “He’s talking about rolling the dice. He didn’t even pick up the dice,” Callen added.
“They didn’t even start investigating this, as you’ve indicated and by the way, court documents, with respect to this very matter indicate that there were between 30 and 40 victims that the Justice Department and his office had access to at that point in time. Most of them were minors — children.”
‘There’s no racial tension’: Trump claims ‘fantastic relationships’ with black people after ‘go back’ tweet
President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that he has "fantastic relationships" with the black community after he told four congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.
At a White House meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump was asked if he was experiencing any blowback from the African-American community.
"There’s no racial tension," the president said, according to a pool report. "We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020."
Via pooler @DavidNakamura: T"rump says: 'There’s no racial tension.' Trump notes low unemployment for black Americans. 'We have fantastic relationships with the African American community and I think you’ll see that in 2020.' "
Yale psychiatrist explains the root of Trump’s ‘pathological racism’
On Monday morning, President Donald Trump once again escalated his conflict with "the Squad," the group of freshman Congresswomen of color he told to go back to their own countries. Although moderate Republicans had hoped last week that the President would tone down his remarks, on Monday he once again doubled down on Twitter.
"The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!" he tweeted.
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.