Acosta leaves after heightenedscrutiny of his handling of sexual misconduct charges againstJeffrey Epstein following the announcement of the financier'sindictment.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said Friday he would resign in asurprise appearance with President Donald Trump.

“I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta toldreporters at the White House. “It would be selfish for me to stayin this position.”

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