According to Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s days in the Trump administration are numbered.
On Thursday, during an episode of Fox & Friends, Napolitano panned Acosta’s recent press conference where he defended his actions related to his role in cutting a plea deal for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Napolitano stated that Acosta’s performance was “not persuasive.”
“I don’t think he persuaded anybody that he did the right thing,” Napolitano said, arguing that Acosta “should have indicted” Epstein because he had a “tremendous amount of evidence against him.”
On Wednesday, during the press conference, Acosta stated that his relationship with the White House “couldn’t be better.” He also stated that he had Donald Trump’s “full support.”
Napolitano says he doesn’t believe Acosta and he predicts that Acosta’s departure as Labor Secretary is “imminent.”
“I don’t think he’ll be around by Friday,” Napolitano said. “Well, tomorrow’s Friday,” Steve Doocy pointed out. “Yes,” Napolitano responded.
It was reported by Politico that Trump aides stated that the administration was happy with his performance at the press conference and that his performance may have saved his job. But the aids did add that is was not clear how long Trump would continue to have Acosta’s back.
“I thought he did exactly what he wanted to do with the facts, laying out the facts today,” White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
“I thought he did well — he answered all of the questions convincingly and provided context and facts that have so far been absent in this news cycle,” a former White House official said. “He was cool, calm and methodical despite fielding some obnoxious questions. He did what he needed to do.”
During the press conference, Acosta stated that he welcomed New York prosecutors’ new charges of sex trafficking minors against Epstein. Acosta, however, did not apologize to Epstein’s victims for his role in the plea deal. Many insiders believe that he did not apologize as an attempt to impress Trump and show his strength.
It is doubtful, however, that Acosta’s performance will silence his Democratic critics in Congress or the opinions of the public stirred up by Epstein’s arrest.
Had Acosta not arranged the plea bargain for Acosta saving him from serving any real prison time for his crimes an unknown number of victims could have been sparred a nightmare of abuse at Epstein’s hands.
Acosta claims that the plea deal also protected the victims in the case because they were not forced to give testimony that could have traumatized them even more. He stated that the victims were“being scared and traumatized … refusing to testify, and how some victims actually exonerated Epstein. Most had significant concerns about their identities being revealed. The acts that they had faced were horrible and they didn’t want people to know about them.”
Acosta said the prosecutor wrote, “‘After the fact, people allege that Epstein would have been easily convicted. As the prosecutor who handled the investigation … these contentions overlook the facts that existed at the time.’