A former Florida state’s attorney in Palm Beach County on Wednesday accused Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta of attempting to “rewrite history” of the events surrounding a sweetheart deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago.
Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state’s attorney at the time of the investigation, said the labor secretary’s “recollection of the matter is completely wrong.” Acosta had alleged in a Wednesday press conference that Krischer was prepared to let Epstein walk without serving jail time until Acosta’s office stepped in.
Krischer noted that the 53-page indictment against Epstein was abandoned after “secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta.”
He added that the State Attorney’s office had no part in the meetings and negotiations, nor did they participate in the “Non-Prosecution Agreement and the unusual confidentiality agreement that kept everything hidden from the victims.”
“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 wrote, adding that Acosta should not be allowed to “rewrite history.”
Former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer has responded to @SecretaryAcosta‘s comments today with a statement.
— Andrew Lofholm (@AndrewLofholm) July 10, 2019