Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is defending the plea deal he struck with Jeffrey Epstein while he was the U.S. Attorney in Miami.
Epstein was taken into custody earlier this week on federal sex trafficking charges, to which he’s pleaded not guilty.
But in 2008, he was convicted on state sex crimes charges in Florida and spent 13 months in jail.
The sentence was part of the controversial plea deal overseen by Acosta, which also allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges.
Speaking in his defense, Acosta says that the deal and subsequent punishment were better than nothing at all.
Acosta also contends that the crimes did deserve a stiffer punishment, and welcomes the recent case.
However, he says prosecuting such a case is complex and some facts are being overlooked.
But a growing number of Democrats are calling for the labor secretary to step down.
President Trump defended Acosta when speaking to reporters on Tuesday and Acosta says his relationship with Trump is good.
But the White House is taking a look into the 2008 deal.