Licata and another accuser, Courtney Wild, were seated in the courtroom during the hearing. "This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet". "I have 28 girls coming.' It was him and Epstein".
In a statement Thursday, Sasse called for the Justice Department to re-examine Epstein's deal.
The suit is seeking to make the details of Epstein's secret plea deal public.
Acosta tweeted Tuesday amid growing calls from congressional Democrats for his resignation.
During his time as a US attorney in South Florida, Acosta accepted a plea bargain with Epstein who spent 13 months in jail as a result of it.
He has vigorously denied that allegation while defending Epstein. He pleaded not guilty on Monday.
In announcing new charges against Epstein on Monday, New York prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said his team was "assisted by excellent investigative journalism". Indeed, he encouraged Acosta to hold Wednesday's press conference laying out his thinking and involvement in the plea deal, according to a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. He avoided federal prosecution and was thus spared from a lengthy jail time by pleading guilty to state charges under a plea deal.
"We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail", Acosta said.
Trump made no reference to the crimes that Epstein is charged with or the victims who have come forward.
Epstein's lawyer Roy Black filed a response late Monday in a case involving a violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act.
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A dishevelled Epstein entered his plea in Manhattan federal court, where he was clad in a blue jumpsuit, a brown undershirt and bright orange sneakers.
In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the 2008 agreement violated the victims' rights. He could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Trump has his own long personal history with Epstein, but has dissociated himself from the wealthy hedge fund manager, saying this week the two had a falling out 15 or so years ago and haven't spoken since. "I feel very badly actually for Secretary Acosta because I've known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job", Trump told reporters at the White House.
Clinton, through a spokesperson, said he "knows nothing about the awful crimes" Epstein is accused of, and outlined on Monday the contacts he had with Epstein.
Trump told NY magazine in 2002 that he'd known Epstein for 15 years and that Epstein was a "terrific guy" and "a lot of fun to be with".
Now facing charges of sex trafficking and new accusations of raping underage girls, Acosta has drawn fire.
"Look, Donald, I know Jeff really well, I can't have him going after younger girls", Houraney recalled telling Trump in the Times interview. Former President Bill Clinton praised his intellect and philanthropic efforts and was a frequent flyer aboard his private jet.
Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says he didn't know about the extent of the allegations against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein when he defended him against federal sex trafficking charges in 2008, but he would be willing to represent him again and try to get him an even better deal.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who's a member of the Judiciary Committee, said at the time that he had received a letter from the Justice Department informing him that its Office of Professional Responsibility had "opened an investigation into allegations that Department attorneys may have committed professional misconduct" in their handling of the plea deal reached between Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Epstein.