"I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta's recollection of this matter is completely wrong."
The former Florida State Attorney who was in charge of the office prosecuting the case against Jeffrey Epstein – until federal prosecutors intervened – is blasting Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta for his claims at Wednesday afternoon's press conference.
The way Secretary Acosta, who was the federal prosecutor who gave Jeffrey Epstein the sweetheart deal allowing him to avoid possibly years or decades in jail, the billionaire child sex offender "would have gotten away" had he not gotten involved.
But NBC News Correspondent for Investigations Tom Winter reports that Former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer says Acosta is "completely wrong."
Krischer also says the federal government's 53-page indictment against Epstein was scrapped "after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta."
BREAKING / NBC News: Former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer says in a statement that Alex Acosta is "completely wrong."
He says a 53 page federal indictment "was abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta. " (h/t @MikeDelMoro )
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) July 10, 2019
Acosta did not mention that at his press conference which reportedly was ordered by President Trump.
In the full statement (below) he says Acosta "should not be allowed 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. Instead, Mr. Acosta brokered a secret plea deal that resulted in a Non-Prosecution Agreement in violation of the Crime Victim's Rights Act," Krischer charges:
NEW - The Former State Attorney Barry Krischer responds to Acosta: "I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong." pic.twitter.com/1lfULeb3CT
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) July 10, 2019
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