Alex Acosta's cover story fell apart almost immediately.
"I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong," said Barry Krischer, former state attorney for Palm Beach County, in a blistering statement on Wednesday that accused Acosta of trying to "rewrite history."
"If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted," Krischer said. "Instead, Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal that resulted in a Non-Prosecution Agreement in violation of the Crime Victim’s Rights Act."
Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown also spoke to CNN on Wednesday after Acosta gave his press conference.
"He managed to present it in a way that sounds true if you really don’t read the court records and understand the sequence of events," Brown explained to CNN's Jake Tapper.
She pointed out that while Acosta claimed he didn't have enough evidence to pursue a much more punitive verdict against Epstein, he had testimony from "36 girls who all told him the same story."
Brown said she spoke to "only a handful" of the women and they all detailed a similar story of how they were preyed upon by Epstein. As a law enforcement official, Acosta would have had access to the same sort of information but chose not to act upon it.
In his press conference, Acosta also claimed he was prevented from informing the victims about the light sentence he had arranged for the pedophile.
But as Krischer pointed out, a judge determined that Acosta had broken the law that gives victims the right to speak to prosecutors.
Brown discussed this issue as well.
"Why didn’t they tell the victims? Why didn’t they answer the victims’ phone calls?" she asked. Brown also pointed out that not informing the victims "wasn’t written in that agreement" that Acosta made, but they still neglected to tell them.
Acosta is under fire from leading Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who have called on him to step down in light of the new charges that have been filed against Epstein.
Acosta boasted in his press conference that he still retains Trump's support and that leading Republicans have not pushed for his removal, despite his enabling of pedophilia.
Acosta's story about helping Epstein never passed the smell test, and his defense of his actions fell apart within hours.
A Cabinet official let a pedophile off with a light sentence, yet he remains in office with the support of the Republican Party.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.