Financier in sex abuse case went from math whiz to titan

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2019

Epstein's case drew renewed attention earlier this year after the Miami Herald reported the plea deal and his alleged victims' ongoing struggle for justice amid the #MeToo movement that has unveiled sexual abuse and harassment by powerful men.

"I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein's 27 times", Sarnoff said, adding that "many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not".

She told reporters Tuesday that it was "no surprise" Trump was standing by Acosta.

Some members of Congress and Democratic presidential candidates are calling on Acosta to resign. On Monday, Weingarten told the court that the government is "seeking two bites at the apple", adding that "for due process reasons, double jeopardy reasons, we don't think that will stand". He says he spoke with Mulvaney earlier Wednesday and has an excellent relationship with the chief of staff as well.

But Barr is not the only Trump administration official faced with questions over the Epstein case-Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has faced scrutiny over his handling of that 2008 case.

But on Tuesday, sitting alongside the Qatari emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, at a White House meeting, Trump said of Epstein, "I was not a fan of his".

Law enforcement officers have not been authorised to discuss the case, but several have spoken to U.S. media outlets on condition of anonymity.

After leading Democrats called for him to step down, Acosta defended his actions on Twitter and called Epstein's crimes "horrific".

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates alleged misconduct by department lawyers is reviewing how Acosta and the other prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida handled the Epstein deal.

Acosta said Wednesday that the case started as a state matter, not with his office.

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Epstein, a well-connected financier whose friends have included President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton, was convicted previously of paying young girls for sexual massages at his Palm Beach mansion.

As it was applied, Epstein served his time in a county jail.

Acosta says federal prosecutors found that to be unacceptable. "He has enormous wealth and the charges are very serious". Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors-which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

"He banned him from stepping foot on the property", Garten said.

Trump made no reference to the crimes that Epstein is charged with or the victims who have come forward.

She downplayed his role in the case, saying the focus should be on Epstein.

Jennifer Araoz (Uh-ROHS') said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show she hasn't spoken to authorities about her allegations against the wealthy financier because she feared retribution.

Berman and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who attended the news conference appealed to any other women who were victims of Epstein to come forward.

In his most extensive known public comments about Epstein, Trump told NY magazine in 2002 he'd known the financier for 15 years. Prosecutors in the United States have charged the financier with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. His lawyers said in court that the allegations in the indictment couldn't amount to statutory rape because there was no penetration.

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