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    Acosta Defends Role in Epstein Plea Deal

    Amid calls for his resignation and demands that he testify before Congress, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta stood by his handling of a decade-old sex crimes case that resulted in financier Jeffrey Epstein’s lenient plea deal. Acosta claimed that aiming for a sentence tougher than the 13 months Epstein served would have been “a roll of the dice.” He blamed Florida state prosecutors for seeking a single charge that might’ve let Epstein walk free — though a former state attorney insisted Acosta’s federal office could have filed its own charges.

    How else is pressure mounting? Another woman has accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15, months after approaching her outside her New York City school.

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