The Wall Street Journal reports Financier Jeffrey Epstein Indicted on Federal Sex-Trafficking Charges.
Financier Jeffrey Epstein was indicted in New York on federal sex-trafficking charges stemming from an alleged scheme to exploit underage girls, another chapter in a lurid legal drama that has surrounded the politically connected money manager for years.
Federal prosecutors charged Mr. Epstein, 66 years old, with two counts related to sex trafficking of minors, which together carry a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. He was arrested Saturday night at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey as he was returning from Paris on his private jet.
The 14-page charging document covers alleged activity in Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan and Palm Beach homes from 2002 to 2005. The indictment alleges Mr. Epstein orchestrated and financed a yearslong sex-trafficking operation in which he lured dozens of underage girls—some as young as 14 years old—to the homes in New York and Florida. He recruited them to perform massages in the nude that steadily progressed to masturbation and sex acts, prosecutors said.
As part of the indictment, prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of Mr. Epstein’s multistory townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which has been valued at approximately $77 million. He also owns 15 vehicles, a private island and five other homes, prosecutors said.
Florida prosecutors attempted to sweep this under the rug with an extremely lenient plea bargain arrangement in 2008.
New York prosecutors say that agreement does not apply in New York and there are new incidents.
TruNews reports Epstein might be willing to name names which will bring down the House of Cards.
Speculation about who might be connected to this scandal dates back more than 15 years to the period of time when Epstein was first under investigation.
Prior to the announcement of his arrest and the unsealing of his indictment, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had approved the unsealing of documents related to Epstein’s prior lawsuit related to alleged sex trafficking in Florida. That 27-page decision stated that the financier was connected to “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders.”
Officials in New York say they deem Epstein a severe flight risk and have asked that he not be given bail throughout the duration of his trial. But, the well-connected former hedge fund manager’s attorneys have already offered to “name names” if prosecutors are willing to give him a plea deal that gives him a maximum sentence of five years.
Vast Trove of Lewd Photos
- Federal prosecutors on Monday said wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein is a “serial sexual predator” who has maintained “a vast trove of lewd photographs” of young-looking women or girls as they asked a judge to hold him without bail on child sex trafficking charges.
- Prosecutors said Epstein, a former friend of both President Donald Trump and ex-President Bill Clinton, represented both a serious risk of flight to avoid the charges, and a risk to the public if he is freed on bail.
- Epstein, 66, is accused of trafficking “dozens” of minor girls, some of young as 14 years old, from 2002 to 2005. An indictment accuses him of having the girls brought to him to sexually abuse in his New York and Florida mansions.
- Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution, according to his plea agreement on charges brought in Florida.
- He is accused in a new indictment unsealed Monday of trafficking “dozens” of minor girls, some of them as young as 14 years old, from 2002 to 2005. The indictment accuses him of having the girls brought to him to sexually abuse in his New York and Florida mansions, and then paying each of the girls hundreds of dollars.
Worry for Trump?
Bloomberg says Epstein Arrest Is a Worry for Donald Trump
Epstein, who has been accused repeatedly over the years of manipulating and molesting underage girls, was arrested at a New Jersey airport on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. The Daily Beast, which broke the news of Epstein’s arrest, correctly predicted that prosecutors would accuse the financier of luring minors and other women to his homes by offering cash for massages and then sexually molesting them.
In an interesting twist, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan has put its public corruption unit in charge of the Epstein case – not, as might be expected, its human-trafficking team (although the latter unit is being consulted reportedly). It’s likely, at least in part, that the case is being handled by corruption prosecutors because of a controversial and lenient plea deal struck between Epstein and federal law enforcement officials in Florida back in 2008. The financier was being investigated at the time for having sex with underage girls – many of them orphans or runaways – at his Palm Beach mansion.
The Miami-based prosecutors had prepared a 53-page federal indictment against Epstein, but his deal allowed him to plead guilty only to a state charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution. He served 13 months in a Palm Beach prison that allowed him to leave six days a week to work. The deal also granted immunity to any of Epstein’s potential co-conspirators, who otherwise might have been swept up in his abuses.
Alexander Acosta, who is now President Donald Trump’s labor secretary, was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 2008 and he supervised the group of lawyers that forged the Epstein deal.
Epstein's Contact List Book
- Bill Clinton; the U.K.’s Prince Andrew; powerhouse attorneys such as Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr, and Roy Black; and business contacts such as Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, and Leslie Wexner, the owner of retailer Victoria’s Secret. Several years ago, Gawker published a copy of Epstein’s address book and it was packed with marquee names from Hollywood, Wall Street and Washington.
- For a while Trump was more than just a casual acquaintance of Epstein. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York magazine in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Charges Against Trump
During the 2016 presidential campaign, an unidentified young woman filed a suit against Trump in which she alleged that he raped her when she was 13 at a party at Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan. Trump denied the claims and the woman later dropped the suit because, her lawyer said, she was intimidated by death threats. The Trump camp described her allegations as “untrue.”er sources mention this new plea deal.
Many of the important pieces of this story are "Heresay".
Being on someone's name list is not proof of anything. Heck, much of this does not even amount to allegations. It's pure speculation.
Speculatively speaking, looking back to 2005 and 2006, is it more likely someone wanted to protect Bill Clinton or Trump? I don't know, nor does anyone else (except those who may have been directly involved).
It's unwise to go down these lines of thoughts, I only did so to balance out the Bloomberg slant against Trump.
Let it All Hang Out
Only one source reports Epstein is willing to name names.
Will he? I don't know, nor does anyone else until we see the names.
But if Epstein is willing to talk, I am willing to listen.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock