Over 900 pages of Epstein court documents, but no client list

I’ll understand if you either never want to hear the name “Jeffrey Epstein” and details of his evil exploits again, or if you’ve long since given up on believing we will ever hear the full story and the identities of all the notorious sex trafficker’s clients. What was released yesterday wasn’t the client list, but nearly 950 pages of court documents — but they still include at least one shocking quote from Epstein referring to former president Bill Clinton and his taste in women. It’s easy to see why so many rich and powerful people would prefer if Epstein and his sex-trafficking ring were forgotten by the public. At least one former president had a longstanding close friendship with Epstein, traveled with him frequently, and has offered a blanket denial that is contradicted by official records.

Let’s begin with what’s new in the nearly 950 pages of recently released documents related to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It’s not a lot, but it’s not nothing. No, Epstein’s “client list” wasn’t released yesterday; the 950 pages of transcripts came from a defamation lawsuit filed by one of his victims, Virginia Giuffre, against his former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell — and more documents are apparently coming today.

One particular quote jumps off the page. From Business Insider:

Jeffrey Epstein told one of his victims that Bill Clinton likes girls “young,” according to a newly unsealed deposition.

Records related to the Epstein accuser, Johanna Sjoberg, were made public Wednesday night as part of a batch of newly unsealed court documents related to the dead pedophile’s sex-trafficking partner Ghislaine Maxwell.

In a newly unsealed deposition, Sjoberg was asked whether Epstein ever talked to her about Clinton.

“He said one time that Clinton likes them young, referring to girls,” Sjoberg answered.

Former president Bill Clinton has always insisted that he knew nothing about Epstein’s crimes, and issued a statement that he only traveled on Epstein’s private plane, nicknamed “the Lolita Express,” four times. Subsequently released flight records indicated Clinton joined Epstein on the plane on at least 26 flights. For the first few years that Bill Clinton was president, visitor logs indicated Epstein visited the White House 17 times. “Most of the visits were to the West Wing, making it likely that he met with the president.” In 2020, a photo showed the former president having his shoulders massaged by one of Epstein’s accusers, during a 2002 stopover for refueling of Epstein’s jet.

From the Washington Post’s summary:

In a 2016 filing, Maxwell’s attorneys said that FBI and Secret Service records disproved claims that Bill Clinton visited Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean and said that Clinton has not been accused of any sexual misconduct tied to Epstein. Maxwell said in a deposition that the “allegations that Clinton had a meal on Jeffrey’s island is 100 percent false.” She added she was “sure he had a meal on Jeffrey’s plane.”

Trump is mentioned in a 2016 deposition of Johanna Sjoberg, a woman who has also accused Epstein of abuse. Sjoberg said she was on Epstein’s private plane once when it diverted to Atlantic City because of bad weather. She said they went to one of Trump’s casinos, where she and Giuffre, who was then too young to gamble, walked around before returning to the plane, where Epstein mentioned an idea to “call up Trump.” It was not clear from the deposition whether Epstein and Trump had a conversation about the visit.

Asked if she ever massaged Trump, Sjoberg said she did not.

That Post article notes, “The MAGA movement of former president Donald Trump remains fixated on the notorious financier — even though Epstein and Trump shared overlapping, highflying social circles for years in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla.”

I don’t think it’s particularly surprising that a lot of people wonder if we’ve heard everything we ought to hear about this sordid, long-running sex-trafficking operation that apparently catered to all kinds of rich and powerful people.

As the crimes of the mysterious financier, sex trafficker, and serial sexual abuser came fuller into public view, so did his highly disconcerting degree of association with our own elite. Just a partial listing of those who, to some degree, counted themselves among Epstein’s associates includes: Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump; lesser politicians such as Bill Richardson, George Mitchell, and John Glenn; British royal family member Prince Andrew; academics Steven Pinker, Lawrence Summers, and Alan Dershowitz; Hollywood heavies Chris Tucker, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and Woody Allen; billionaires Bill Gates and Leslie Wexner; media fixtures Chelsea Handler, George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, and Charlie Rose; and many, many more. Some of these figures are, of course, less guilty than others. Pinker and Handler, for example, were merely at some point meal guests during Epstein’s attempt to ensconce himself among the elite, whereas Prince Andrew’s and Bill Clinton’s hands are far dirtier. Even institutions, such as Harvard University and MIT, would stain themselves by accepting Epstein’s money. As Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper put it in their recent book A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Epstein, many of his friends and associates are “still enjoying life from their perch at the upper echelon of our political, elite class.”

Hey, when you hear the names Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, and Charlie Rose, does any common theme come to mind?

Then last year, the Wall Street Journal’s investigative reporters determined, “The circle of people who associated with Jeffrey Epstein years after he was a convicted sex offender is wider than previously reported, according to a trove of documents that include his schedules”:

William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2021, had three meetings scheduled with Epstein in 2014, when he was deputy secretary of state, the documents show. They first met in Washington and then Mr. Burns visited Epstein’s townhouse in Manhattan.

Kathryn Ruemmler, a White House counsel under President Barack Obama, had dozens of meetings with Epstein in the years after her White House service and before she became a top lawyer at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2020. He also planned for her to join a 2015 trip to Paris and a 2017 visit to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, invited Epstein, who brought a group of young female guests, to the campus. Noam Chomsky, a professor, author and political activist, was scheduled to fly with Epstein to have dinner at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2015.

None of their names appear in Epstein’s now-public “black book” of contacts or in the public flight logs of passengers who traveled on his private jet. The documents show that Epstein arranged multiple meetings with each of them after he had served jail time in 2008 for a sex crime involving a teenage girl and was registered as a sex offender. The documents, which include thousands of pages of emails and schedules from 2013 to 2017, haven’t been previously reported.

For those who aren’t familiar with linguistics professor Chomsky, he is the author of Manufacturing Consent, Understanding Power, Necessary Illusions, and Who Rules the World?

After a while, you start to ask, “Was there any rich, powerful, and influential man in the 1990s or 2000s who didn’t know or hang around with Jeffrey Epstein?”

Late last month, the Journal unveiled new reporting about how Epstein’s extensive Rolodex of famous and powerful friends helped him recruit and ensnare more girls:

Interviews with several of those women, others familiar with his operations and the trove of documents reveal, for the first time, how Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, used his powerful connections to groom a new generation of women to exploit.

The Journal’s investigation shows that Epstein’s sexual exploitation and abuse didn’t end with his 2008 conviction — as many of his famous associates later said they believed — but continued until his second arrest in 2019. He lured dozens of women by promising to use his connections to powerful people to get them jobs or other opportunities. He then groomed most of the women for his personal sexual exploitation, and passed a select group to other men for sex.

As the Journal notes, when Jeffrey Epstein traveled or hosted, young women were always around him: “In the years after he registered as a sex offender, Epstein was rarely alone. He was often accompanied by attractive young women in their late teens or 20s. They opened the door at his New York townhouse when billionaires came calling. They sat beside him at meetings with bankers and celebrities. They traveled with him on his private jet to visit scientists, political leaders and tech-company founders. Photos of some of them with Epstein appeared in tabloid newspapers.”

Apparently, all of New York high society — celebrities, finance, politics — just assumed that the rotating harem around Epstein only featured women aged 18 or above. If anyone suspected the women to be underage, no one felt sufficiently motivated to do something about it.

The MAGA movement “remains fixated” on Epstein? Of course people suspect they haven’t been told the whole story, and that some of Epstein’s clients are being protected, and that additional sordid crimes are being covered up. Some extremely not-MAGA public figures have more or less said so, publicly.

Back in 2020, Cindy McCain, wife of former senator and GOP presidential nominee John McCain, made the eye-opening accusation that “everyone knew” what Epstein was doing and that law-enforcement authorities feared him. “Epstein was hiding in plain sight. We all knew about him,” McCain said. “We all knew what he was doing, but we had no one — no legal aspect that would go after him. They were afraid of him. For whatever reason, they were afraid of him.”

Why were authorities afraid of Jeffrey Epstein? Who in the realms of law enforcement and criminal justice were afraid of him? Why did former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, a federal prosecutor in 2008, agree to such a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein? In 2020, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility determined that Acosta and other prosecutors “did not commit misconduct in their interactions with the victims because there was no ‘clear and unambiguous duty’ to consult with them before entering into the non-prosecution agreement. But it says the lack of consultation reflected poorly on the Justice Department and ‘is contradictory to the Department’s mission to minimize the frustration and confusion that victims of a crime endure.’”

How about the friends and associates of Epstein? The men with whom he shared the trafficked girls? It would be good to know the truth about the matter — the whole matter — whether it embarrasses Republicans, Democrats, royals, or anyone else.

Then there’s this odd comment from Jeffrey Epstein’s brother to the New York Post, published yesterday:

Jeffrey Epstein had information on Donald Trump and the Clintons so incendiary, it could have upended the 2016 presidential election if made public, according to the dead financier’s younger brother.

“Here’s a direct quote: ‘If I said what I know about both candidates, they’d have to cancel the election.’ That’s what Jeffrey told me in 2016,” Mark Epstein told The Post Wednesday, recalling a conversation he had with his brother about the showdown between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

However, property developer Mark, 69, demurred when pushed to elaborate, saying his brother never revealed to him exactly what he knew about the then-presidential hopefuls.

The DOJ’s assessment that there as no deliberate misconduct, just poor judgment, on Acosta’s part, strangely echoes the assessment of the Department of Justice Inspector General on Epstein’s death in prison:

A “combination of negligence and misconduct” within the Bureau of Prisons allowed Jeffrey Epstein to commit suicide inside a New York City federal jail in August 2019, according to a Department of Justice Inspector General report released Tuesday.

Headed by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz, the probe found that “several staff falsified BOP records,” “lacked candor during” subsequent interviews, and exhibited a categorical failure to enforce “required measures.” The report includes several examples of prison staff violating department policy, including by failing to perform “inmate counts,” failing to conduct “30-minute rounds,” and failing to “search inmate cells, and ensuring adequate supervision of the SHU and the functionality of the video camera surveillance system.”

“The combination of these and other failures led to Epstein being unmonitored and alone in his cell, which contained an excessive amount of bed linens, from approximately 10:40 p.m. on August 9 until he was discovered hanged in his locked cell the following day,” the report states.

Note that Epstein isn’t the only figure associated with this sex-trafficking ring to hang himself in prison.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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