Acosta announced his resignation amid controversy over his handling of a sexual abuse case against businessman Epstein.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta came under intense scrutiny for a lenient plea deal he had given Jeffrey Epstein - charged with sexually abusing underage girls - in Florida just over a decade ago.

Leading Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, had demanded that Acosta quit.

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