Epstein pleaded not guilty Monday to sex trafficking charges.
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Jeffrey Epstein has hobnobbed with some of the world's most powerful people during his jet-setting life.It's also putting new scrutiny on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who, as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, was involved in a 2008 secret plea deal that allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that Trump hadn't spoken to or had any contact with Epstein in "years and years and years". The deal allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges and a possible life sentence. Instead, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail, during which he was allowed to leave for work during the day.Conway responded to questions about Acosta's future in the administration by shifting the focus to Epstein.Acosta has previously called the deal appropriate.Epstein pleaded not guilty Monday to sex trafficking charges.
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