"He traveled on Epstein's jet at least once", O'Brien continued, adding, "I spent about two years, a lot of time with Trump in the mid-2000s, and he routinely talked about Jeffrey Epstein as someone he admired, he felt they were in sync".
Given that background, UltraViolet's Thomas said, "Congress should open a full investigation into President Trump, who was directly implicated as an enabler of Epstein, and is self-confessed serial sexual predator with almost two dozen accusations against him".
"I don't know whether he jumped or if he was pushed".
Pressed on whether he had any regrets, Acosta repeatedly said circumstances had changed since then.
Trump named Deputy Labour Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the acting secretary of Labour.
Acosta has served in Trump's cabinet since April 2017 and from 2005 through 2009 was the USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Critics say his punishment was too lenient in a case that involved the sexual abuse of dozens of underage girls.
Acosta has served in Trump's Cabinet since April 2017. "Taxpayers deserve better", Democratic U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said in a statement.
In 2015, Epstein's address book was published online by news outlet Gawker, which obtained the book following its appearance in court proceedings after Epstein's former house manager tried to sell it in 2009. "Mr. Acosta should not be allowed to rewrite history". The accusation came as part of the prosecutors' motion to keep Epstein in jail as he awaits trial.
Acosta, who approved the earlier deal, announced Friday he was stepping down as labor secretary amid the controversy.
Instead of ending up in prison for the rest of his life, Epstein struck a non-prosecution agreement, which prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from further investigating his sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of emails, court documents and Federal Bureau of Investigation records.
According to the New York Times, the allegation was revealed in a new court filing in which "prosecutors said that Mr. Epstein had paid significant amounts of money to influence individuals who were close to him and who might be witnesses against him at trial".
Prosecutors in NY said the money was to "influence" the unnamed people, and was paid within the a year ago.
Acosta was the USA attorney in Miami when he oversaw a 2008 non-prosecution agreement that allowed Epstein to avoid federal trial but plead guilty to state charges and serve 13 months in jail.
The filing came a day after defense lawyers told US District Judge Richard M. Berman that Epstein should be given bail and confined to his $77 million Manhattan mansion with electronic monitoring.
Epstein is accused of running a sex-trafficking enterprise, where he paid girls as young as 14 to have sex with him at his Upper East Side home in NY and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
He is the latest top Trump administration official to depart under a cloud. The Justice Department has been investigating. So for an hour, Acosta basically said nothing.