Here's the 'smoking gun' that Alex Acosta broke the law by helping Epstein: Ex-prosecutor
Jeffrey Epstein and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta (Photos: Screen capture and Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Now that billionaire wealth manager Jeffrey Epstein is facing up to life in prison for child sex trafficking, the spotlight has freshly focused on Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary, who as a federal prosecutor in 2008 had the evidence to put away Epstein but brokered a secret plea deal that concealed the extent of his crimes and gave him a short, light jail term for soliciting prostitution.

On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner laid out a case for why Acosta's actions were not just reprehensible — they were illegal:

The secrecy with which Acosta cut the deal has not just bothered Kirschner — a federal judge also ruled in February that the agreement violated the CVRA. The Justice Department disagrees, asserting the agreement must stand.