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CNN legal analyst finds some major problems with Acosta’s explanation for Epstein sweetheart deal

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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.

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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.”

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Legal experts point out the giant flaw in Trump’s claims about rooting out Ukraine corruption

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Legal experts are noticing that President Donald Trump wasn't asking for a real investigation of Joe Biden, only one that could provide fodder for the news media.

Witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have testified that Trump wanted Ukrainian president to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter in an interview with CNN, in exchange for congressionally approved military aid or a White House visit.

"Trump demanding a Zelensky announce an investigation of Biden, 'in front of a microphone” gives the game away,'" tweeted Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School. "If the real goal was to investigate corruption, a CNN announcement would be the wrong approach. Genuine investigations are kept secret."

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Rudy Giuliani: Trump won’t throw me under the bus but I have ‘good insurance’ in case he does

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Rudy Giuliani says he has no doubt that President Trump will remain loyal to him, but he joked that he has "good insurance" just in case things don't turn out as he expects, The Guardian reports.

When asked by The Guardian in a phone interview if he's worried about being "thrown under the bus" by Trump, Giuliani replied, “I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid.”

Giuliani's lawyer interjected to point out that "he's joking."

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A telling moment from the impeachment hearing suggests Trump has an insurance policy on Mike Pence

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Why don't Republicans just give up and cut Donald Trump loose? That question has been on the minds of most political observers since the beginning of Trump's presidency, and it's only grown more intense in the wake of scandal after scandal after scandal, in which the lying, cheating, grifting, thieving sleazebag who bigoted his way into the White House continues to make fools of everyone who supports and defends him.

This article was originally published at Salon

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