Jul 19, 2019

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Eugene Scalia gets encouragement from Sen. Kit Bond before Scalia's conformation hearing in 2001. Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday evening his intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new secretary of labor.

Details: Scalia, 55, is the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A source told NPR that Trump offered the job to Scalia, and he accepted. He is a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he focuses on labor and employment. He worked as an assistant to Attorney General William Barr in the 1990s.

Flashback: Alex Acosta resigned as head of the U.S. Department of Labor last week after facing scrutiny for his handling the Jeffrey Epstein case.

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What we know: The life and death of Jeffrey Epstein

A protest group called "Hot Mess" holds signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8. Photo: Stephanie Keith / Stringer/Getty Images.

Federal prosecutors charged multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein with sexual abuse and sex trafficking of underage girls in July. On Aug. 10, the 66-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide at a federal detention center in New York City.

The latest: After alleged victims and their attorneys testified at a hearing on Aug. 27, a federal judge formally closed the criminal sex trafficking case against Epstein Aug. 29. Meanwhile, prosecutors in France opened a preliminary investigation into Epstein, "in connection with possible offenses such as rape, the sexual assault of minors and criminal conspiracy" in late August.

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Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide

Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and registered sex offender accused of sex trafficking female minors, is dead in an apparent suicide at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The latest: Law enforcement officials said Epstein, 66, hanged himself and was found in his jail cell Saturday about 7:30am. Attorney General Bill Barr asked the inspector general to open an investigation into Epstein's death, as the FBI conducts its own investigation. Authorities investigated a previous suicide attempt in July. An autopsy was performed on his body, officials said Sunday, without releasing details, per AP.

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Barr asks inspector general to investigate Jeffrey Epstein's death

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Attorney General William Barr asked the Justice Department's inspector general on Saturday to investigate alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's death, as the FBI conducts an investigation of its own.

What's happening: Law enforcement officials said Epstein, 66, hanged himself and was found in a jail cell Saturday morning at roughly 7:30 am. Previously, on July 23, "Epstein was found passed out in his jail cell with marks on his neck," per the New York Times.

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