KER Politics – Thu 11 Jul, 2019

The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Could Be Worse than We Know

After our post on this issue yesterday, you are going to find this one to be exactly in line with ours. Thank you very much for this article, MORNING JOLT with Jim Geraghty!

Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photograph of Jeffrey Epstein as he announces the financier’s charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, in New York, U.S., July 8, 2019. (Shannon Stapleton /Reuters)

Making the click-through worthwhile: Seven-to-ten burning questions about the ever-worsening Jeffrey Epstein scandal, why Democrats have convinced themselves that they have yet another Great Southern Hope, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez emphasizes how heavy her committee workload is.

Burning Questions about the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

Even by the standards of stomach-turning celebrity criminal scandals, the bits of information about multi-millionare Jeffrey Epstein and allegations of an underage sex-trafficking ring are utterly bizarre, pointing to something perhaps even bigger and worse going on. Just the reports out this morning prompt at least ten big questions.

One: How did Jeffrey Epstein make his fortune in the first place? One claim is a massive Ponzi scheme.

Two: Could Epstein really have been connected to some sort of intelligence service? In yesterday’s press conference, labor secretary Alex Acosta offered a weird, vague, contradictory, meandering answer when asked about this. If Epstein was working for some sort of spy agency, which one? What was the aim, to collect blackmail on prominent figures? Who was being blackmailed, and what did they do?

Three: Why did the office Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance try to keep Epstein from being registered as a top-level sex offender? “A seasoned sex-crimes prosecutor from Mr. Vance’s office argued forcefully in court that Mr. Epstein, who had been convicted in Florida of soliciting an underage prostitute, should not be registered as a top-level sex offender in New York.” The judge denied the request and declared, “I have to tell you, I’m a little overwhelmed because I have never seen a prosecutor’s office do anything like this.”

Four: After Epstein was labeled a “Level 3 sex offender” — meaning the worst — Epstein was required by law to check in with the NYPD every 90 days. He never checked in at all over an eight-year span. How did that not generate any consequences?

Five: How did his private island off Saint Thomas get the nickname “Pedophile Island” and how does a rumor like that not get law enforcement to start snooping around?

Six: Bill Clinton’s public statement about his interactions with Epstein was laughably inaccurate, contracted by contemporaneous media accounts, never mind FAA flight logs. You would think Clinton and those around him would have a well-worn playbook for denying sexual impropriety and criminal behavior by now.

Seven: Doesn’t this paragraph in deep in a recent article of Vanity Fair seem to bury the lede, as they say in journalism?6

Pecker, he later told me, used to send him articles and issues before they were published so that he and Trump could read them. After the meeting Trump called in Sam Nunberg, then a Trump Organization employee, who saw Pecker leaving Trump’s office. “Michael was sitting in there when I came in, and the issue of the National Enquirer with the pictures of Prince Andrew was on his desk,” Nunberg recalled. “He said not to tell anyone, but that Pecker had just been there and had brought the issue with him. Trump said that Pecker had told him that the pictures of Clinton that Epstein had from his island were worse.” (Cohen, speaking by phone from the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, corroborated Nunberg’s version of the events, though he declined to add any additional information about the meeting.)

So the National Inquirer has pictures of Bill Clinton with Epstein and the women he was using?

If Trump knew about these photographs, why didn’t he at least leak or hype them during the 2016 campaign?

And if Clinton really did nothing inappropriate in all of his interactions with Epstein, why didn’t Hillary Clinton’s campaign make a stink about Trump’s past friendship with Epstein, during a campaign where Trump’s unsavory treatment of women was a big issue?

One aspect of Epstein that no longer has many questions: Is there anyone left who wants to argue that Alexandre Acosta handled the case the way he should have all those years ago?

  1. On July 11, 2019 at 11:13 am,
    cfs says:

    Come on!
    The Clintons are ten orders of magnitude worse than Trump.
    Hillary’s ability to lie without flinching is extraordinary. Her corruption speaks rather loudly for anyone who is not deliberately ignoring it.

    • On July 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm,
      Big Al says:

      CFS, I am sure that you are aware that you are “preaching to the Choir” especially me!

  2. On July 11, 2019 at 12:03 pm,
    cfs says:

    The difference, of course, between Bill and the Donald is the leverage of force used in their womanizing.
    Clinton was repeatedly accused of using force, raping, etc. and his wife knew and lied to protect him.
    Trump was clearly a womanizer, who had problems…..3 wives are evidence of obvious problems with relations with women, but they pale in comparison with known Bill Clinton activities. (Of course, who can’t feel sympathy for Bill, who married the witch?)

    • On July 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I, for one, cannot feel any sympathy at all!

  3. On July 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    Here is a little back ground on Epstein, Hilly, and CIA… all ties together

    • On July 12, 2019 at 1:37 pm,
      Al B Korelin says:

      OOTB, I found this video to be a bit complicated. You obviously did not!

  4. On July 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm,
    AJ says:

    Who Was Alex Acosta’s Intended Audience at His Press Conference?

    Quite funny as Kevin Kruse pointed out, Acosta is only the Secretary of Labor because Trump’s *original’ nominee had to withdraw over allegations that he had abused his ex-wife. Only the best!

  5. On July 11, 2019 at 3:32 pm,
    cfs says:

    I am gradually beginning to realize that Trump may be losing to the swamp, rather than draining it.

    His back down on the censorship question is possibly a last straw for me, which will force agressive activism from me at a time when I really would prefer a quiet life.
    Nancy Pelosi is scum by any rational measure. Reading out ICLU options to circumvent US immigration law is absolutely disgusting.
    Registering illegals to vote should have been unthinkable, not commonplace.
    These stinking (expletives deleted) put their re-election over love of country.
    Traitors all.
    Traitors of this degree deserve to hang.
    Instead all we see is greed, corruption, graft. Democrats milking the system, reinforced by a left-wing disgraceful, communist-promoting press. An ill-educated public, so poorly analytical that they lap up country-destroying propaganda.

    • On July 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm,
      Jim M says:

      Looks like you wrote this too soon – President Trump is not backing down,he’s just getting started with the citizenship issue.

      American Patriots face an eternal struggle to keep this Nation in the hands of American citizens, and out of the hands of elitist tyrants.

      Trump is only one man, the rest of us need to step up and do what we can to stop the decline, and keep faith in the U.S. Constitution. Undermining, or losing faith in the most influential man since Reagan willing to fight for American values will not help. Keep faith, and keep standing firm for America. As history has proven, the alternative is horrific.

      • On July 11, 2019 at 11:09 pm,
        cfs says:

        “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
        Ronald Reagan

        • On July 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm,
          Al B Korelin says:

          I certainly agree with Former President Reagan.

    • On July 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm,
      Al B Korelin says:

      I completely agree with Jim and that is the main reason that I am keeping this site active. Alternative views need to be circulated.

  6. On July 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm,
    Nigel says:

    The Epstein case is downright odd. Whatever way you look at it huge numbers of people are involved either actively or passively. If we don’t hear any more actual details then that means hundreds if not thousands of people are refusing to come forward. The only organisation capable of suppressing that amount of people is the government and its agencies. Even the mafia couldn’t do that, with no offence to the mafia obviously

    • On July 12, 2019 at 5:48 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Good point…………..

    • On July 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm,
      Al B Korelin says:

      I suppose that is possible. If it is reality, I would simply choose to move after I am done with all of my commenting.