Labor Secretary Alex Acosta doesn’t plan to resign over his association with financier Jeffrey Epstein and was expected to hold a conference on Wednesday, a Department of Labor official said.
Acosta has come under increased pressure since Epstein’s indictment for conspiracy was revealed.
In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida in order to resolve similar allegations under a lenient deal with Acosta, then a US attorney. The agreement allowed Epstein to serve just 13 months in a county jail.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have said that Acosta should step down because of the plea deal.