(TMU) — Investigative journalist Vicky Ward dropped a bombshell on Tuesday in an article for the Daily Beast where she reported that U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta reportedly stated that ill-famed Jeffrey Epstein “belonged to intelligence.”
Acosta reportedly made the statement during his interviews with the Trump transition team while being vetted for his current position of labor secretary. As the former U.S. attorney in Miami, Acosta infamously cut Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal in 2007 for charges relating to the sexual exploitation of underage girls.
After being asked if the Epstein case would cause a problem in his confirmation hearings, Acosta reportedly responded that he only ever had one meeting about the case and had “been told” to back off and that Epstein was above his pay grade.
“I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” Acosta told his interviewers.
The Department of Labor had no comment when asked about this, according to the Daily Beast.
Under the agreement agreed to by Acosta, Epstein did not face federal criminal charges and put an immediate stop to a separate federal investigation. The deal also sealed the indictment records.
Acosta has maintained that he sought a severe penalty for Epstein, despite records cited by the Miami Herald that indicate he did not seek a harsh sentence and instead worked with Epstein’s legal team to ensure a more favorable outcome for their client.
Ward says she was told about Acosta’s comments from an unnamed former senior White House official who didn’t realize she had a personal journalistic history with Epstein.
According the Ward, the official described Epstein as someone who was…
“No serious harm to anyone. He was a good guy. A charming guy. Useful, too. He knew a lot of rich Arabs, including the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and, further, he had clever ideas about creating bond issues for them. ‘OK, so he has a girl problem,’ this person threw on, almost as an afterthought.”
The journalist also added about Epstein:
“For almost two decades, for some nebulous reason, whether to do with ties to foreign intelligence, his billions of dollars, or his social connections, Epstein, whose alleged sexual sickness and horrific assaults on women without means or ability to protect themselves is well-known in his circle, remained untouchable.”
In 2003, Ward wrote an in-depth profile on Epstein for Vanity Fair in which she says originally detailed his affinity for underage girls and exposed the financier for the monster he is purported to be. However, despite the magazine’s legal department fact checking and signing off on the content of the article, the sordid details were removed by the publisher after they met had a personal meeting with Epstein, according to Ward.
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