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    Quote Originally Posted by vestige View Post
    Rachel Chandler... whodat?
    QAnon - A deeper look into Rachel (Ray) Chandler
    Rachel Chandler will become a household name if the Judge in Jeffrey Epstein’s case unseals certain documents.
    https://steemit.com/qanon/@escapefro...l-ray-chandler

    Qanon March 22 – Who is Rachel Chandler?
    https://prayingmedic.com/2019/03/22/...chel-chandler/
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    Deo adjuvante non timendum - With God Helping, Nothing is to be Feared
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    https://nypost.com/2019/07/10/nypd-l...ign=SocialFlow

    NYPD let convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein skip judge-ordered check-ins

    By Elizabeth Rosner, Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Bruce Golding
    July 10, 2019 | 9:19pm

    Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days — and the NYPD says it’s fine with that.

    After being labeled a worst-of-the-worst, “Level 3” sex offender in 2011, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.

    Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.

    Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.

    But the NYPD hasn’t required the multimillionaire financier — who owns a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse — to check in since he registered as a sex offender in New York over the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion.

    Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”

    “The NYPD can’t modify a court order,” a source said. “If the judge says he has to report here, he has to report here.”

    Another source said Epstein was “supposed to go to SOMU,” an acronym for the NYPD’s Sex Offender Monitoring Unit, located in the Manhattan criminal courthouse at 100 Centre St.

    “If he didn’t, then he’s in violation and they could have arrested him,” the source said.

    The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

    But State Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.

    Musumeci insisted that Epstein wasn’t a “resident of New York” and that his seven-story townhouse at 9 East 71st St. was a “vacation home” at which he had no plans to ever stay “longer than a period 10 days.”

    Pickholz insisted that Epstein would have to abide by the mandatory reporting requirements for Level 3 offenders.

    “I am sorry he may have to come here every 90 days,” she said, according to an official transcript. “He can give up his New York home if he does not want to come every 90 days.”

    That was the same hearing where, in a highly controversial move, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office tried to argue on Epstein’s behalf that he should be deemed a low-risk “Level 1” offender, which would have exempted him from the reporting requirements.

    The DA’s Office has said that the prosecutor in that case — Jennifer Gaffney, who quit last year — “made a mistake” and that DA Cyrus Vance Jr. was unaware of it at the time.

    In March, an NYPD spokeswoman told the Washington Post that Epstein never checked in following Pickholz’s ruling. Asked repeatedly about that admission this week, the NYPD declined comment.

    Asked about her ruling, state court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said that Pickholz “stands by what was said in court, on the record, at the hearing and has had no further role in any type of enforcement. That’s not the court’s role.”

    In addition to verifying a sex offender’s address, the 90-day check-ins allow cops to take a new photograph if the offender’s appearance has changed, so it can be updated online.

    The NYPD cop assigned to monitor Epstein has repeatedly complained to Vance’s Sex Crimes Unit that Epstein wasn’t in compliance, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    But prosecutors told the cop to merely send Epstein a letter, reminding him of his reporting requirement.

    A Vance spokesman denied that allegation, saying “the NYPD — which is the agency responsible for monitoring SORA compliance — has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law.”

    “Our office vigorously prosecutes all failure-to-verify cases. Our prosecutors did not and would not discourage the NYPD from making an arrest,” Vance spokesman Danny Frost said.

    NYPD spokesman Phillip Walzak said the SOMU “monitored Epstein while his reporting address was in New York City.”

    “The NYPD is proud of its hard work alongside our federal partners to make the case against Epstein that lead to his arrest for his vile crimes, and that will ultimately bring justice for his victims.”

    An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at NYPD was in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompson View Post
    https://nypost.com/2019/07/10/nypd-l...ign=SocialFlow

    NYPD let convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein skip judge-ordered check-ins

    By Elizabeth Rosner, Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Bruce Golding
    July 10, 2019 | 9:19pm

    Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days — and the NYPD says it’s fine with that.

    After being labeled a worst-of-the-worst, “Level 3” sex offender in 2011, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.

    Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.

    Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.

    But the NYPD hasn’t required the multimillionaire financier — who owns a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse — to check in since he registered as a sex offender in New York over the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion.

    Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”

    “The NYPD can’t modify a court order,” a source said. “If the judge says he has to report here, he has to report here.”

    Another source said Epstein was “supposed to go to SOMU,” an acronym for the NYPD’s Sex Offender Monitoring Unit, located in the Manhattan criminal courthouse at 100 Centre St.

    “If he didn’t, then he’s in violation and they could have arrested him,” the source said.

    The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

    But State Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.

    Musumeci insisted that Epstein wasn’t a “resident of New York” and that his seven-story townhouse at 9 East 71st St. was a “vacation home” at which he had no plans to ever stay “longer than a period 10 days.”

    Pickholz insisted that Epstein would have to abide by the mandatory reporting requirements for Level 3 offenders.

    “I am sorry he may have to come here every 90 days,” she said, according to an official transcript. “He can give up his New York home if he does not want to come every 90 days.”

    That was the same hearing where, in a highly controversial move, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office tried to argue on Epstein’s behalf that he should be deemed a low-risk “Level 1” offender, which would have exempted him from the reporting requirements.

    The DA’s Office has said that the prosecutor in that case — Jennifer Gaffney, who quit last year — “made a mistake” and that DA Cyrus Vance Jr. was unaware of it at the time.

    In March, an NYPD spokeswoman told the Washington Post that Epstein never checked in following Pickholz’s ruling. Asked repeatedly about that admission this week, the NYPD declined comment.

    Asked about her ruling, state court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said that Pickholz “stands by what was said in court, on the record, at the hearing and has had no further role in any type of enforcement. That’s not the court’s role.”

    In addition to verifying a sex offender’s address, the 90-day check-ins allow cops to take a new photograph if the offender’s appearance has changed, so it can be updated online.

    The NYPD cop assigned to monitor Epstein has repeatedly complained to Vance’s Sex Crimes Unit that Epstein wasn’t in compliance, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    But prosecutors told the cop to merely send Epstein a letter, reminding him of his reporting requirement.

    A Vance spokesman denied that allegation, saying “the NYPD — which is the agency responsible for monitoring SORA compliance — has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law.”

    “Our office vigorously prosecutes all failure-to-verify cases. Our prosecutors did not and would not discourage the NYPD from making an arrest,” Vance spokesman Danny Frost said.

    NYPD spokesman Phillip Walzak said the SOMU “monitored Epstein while his reporting address was in New York City.”

    “The NYPD is proud of its hard work alongside our federal partners to make the case against Epstein that lead to his arrest for his vile crimes, and that will ultimately bring justice for his victims.”

    An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at NYPD was in place.
    Merde.....

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    Bloomberg was mayor of NYC then. Hmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by von Koehler View Post
    Dropping the Jewish part - why? With a name that ends in "ein" it's almost a given that they are Jewish. Even Weiner has a "ein" in his name and he's a pedophile too. Those Jews like the young thang. Watch "to Catch a Predator" on youtube. Chris Hansen asked a predator "what are you doing here?" What do you do for a living? "I'm a rabbi." There were 2 rabbis arrested, and many teachers.
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    My guess about the Jewish Temple on Epstein Island is for the practice of Kabbalah. Ancient Jewish dark rituals.. Used heavily in Middle Ages. Not of the Tora. We are talking very dark rituals to gain power. This would fit in with him and his clients life style. Reason to remove the connection to him being Jewish. Just my guess.
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    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...court-document
    Epstein Sold 'Lolita Express' Weeks Before Arrest: Court Document

    A curious footnote has appeared in a court filing by Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys suggesting that the registered sex offender sold his infamous Boeing 727-200 weeks before his Satuday arrest on suspicion of sex-trafficking minors.

    While arguing for why Epstein should be allowed to remain under house arrest pending trial, his attorneys made the case that the wealthy financier would "deregister or otherwise ground his private jet," with the footnote reading "Mr. Epstein owns one private jet. He sold the other jet in June 2019," placing the sale just weeks before his July 6 arrest upon his return from Paris in his Gulfstream G550 according to Bloomberg.



    On other words, it looks like the financier unloaded the potentially 'evidence-rich' aircraft - said to have had a bed installed where passengers reportedly had group sex with young girls - right before the hammer came down.

    According to investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff - who first revealed the former president's extensive flights on Epstein's "lolita express" in a 2010 Daily Beast exposé - former president Bill Clinton flew on the 'lolita express' no fewer than 27 times.

    Clinton claimed in a Monday statement that he only took "a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane" in 2002 and 2003, and that Secret Service accompanied him at all times - which Sarnoff told Fox News was a total lie.

    Other famous guests include actor Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, who flew with Clinton to Africa to tour HIV/AIDS project sites, according to New York Magazine in 2002, which notes how much Epstein revered the former president.

    In his eyes, Clinton as a species represents the highest evolutionary form of the political animal. To be up close to him, as he was during the African journey, is akin to seeing the rarest of beasts on a safari. As he put it to a friend upon his return from Africa, “If you were a boxer at the downtown gymnasium at 14th Street and Mike Tyson walked in, your face would have the same look as these foreign leaders had when Clinton entered the room. He is the world’s greatest politician.” -New York Magazine

    Epstein's 'timely' sale of the Lolita Express begs the question of what he may have known, and when he knew it. Notably, following a series of reports by the Miami Herald, the Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in February opened a probe into Epstein's 2008 'sweetheart' plea arrangement brokered by current Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta.

    Timely airplane sales aside, several questions remain to be answered - including a better understanding of Epstein's relationship with the FBI, and exactly what resulted in his 'sweetheart' plea deal in 2008.

    Looks like we have an answer on Epstein's cooperation with the FBI/DOJ, thanks to great reporting by @MiamiHerald

    The DOJ wanted to prosecute executives instead of a child molester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubble Head View Post
    Ancient Jewish dark rituals.. Used heavily in Middle Ages. Not of the Tora. We are talking very dark rituals to gain power.
    What higher power would these be directed towards? What sort of rituals?
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    Justice Department Sat on Mountain of Epstein Evidence for 10 Years
    By Wilson Miller - July 11, 2019 Updated: July 11, 2019


    Commentary

    At the press conference announcing the indictment of Jeffrey Epstein, a reporter asked U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman if new evidence played any role. Berman gave a hat tip to investigative journalists who followed the case after Epstein was handed a sweetheart plea deal when he was prosecuted for sex crimes more than a decade ago.

    “We were assisted from some excellent investigative journalism,” Berman said.

    Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was involved in Epstein’s plea deal as a federal prosecutor, referenced “new evidence” in a Twitter message the following day.

    “The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence,” Acosta wrote. “Now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice.”

    Perhaps in an effort to control the damage, Acosta conducted a press conference, at which he repeated his claim that “they’ve brought these charges on new evidence.”

    “New evidence.” An “assist” from journalists. Don’t believe it.

    The New York prosecutors didn’t take action after reading a newspaper article about a game-changing piece of evidence. Compare the 2007 non-prosecution agreement with the new indictment. Both address sex trafficking of children. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been sitting on mountains of evidence confirming Epstein’s abuse of young girls for more than 10 years.

    The “assist” was instead a wave of public outrage upon the discovery of how the Justice Department and Florida prosecutors protected a child sex offender with a lenient plea deal, hid the details from the victims and the public, and failed to prosecute the women who helped Epstein find, groom, and exploit children.

    What did the Justice Department have on Epstein? The answers can be found in a 2008 lawsuit in which two of Epstein’s alleged victims in Doe v. U.S. sued the United States for violating their rights under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. In particular, they claimed the government violated their right to confer during the negotiation of the non-prosecution agreement and failed to inform the victims that Epstein’s state plea would end the federal case. The victims also claimed the government “violated their right to be treated with fairness” by concealing the non-prosecution agreement.

    Judge Kenneth Marra sided with the victims on Feb. 21, ruling that the Justice Department violated the victims’ rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. The opinion (pdf) set forth the DOJ’s conspiracy with Epstein’s lawyers to deceive the victims. Some of those who participated in the plea deal at the local level have offered justifications. As the Miami Herald’s Julie Brown reported:

    “Assistant U.S. Attorney [Marie] Villafaña, in court papers, said that prosecutors used their ‘best efforts’ to comply with the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, but exercised their ‘prosecutorial discretion’ when they chose not to notify the victims.

    “The reasoning went like this: The non-prosecution deal had a restitution clause that provided the girls a chance to seek compensation from Epstein. Had the deal fallen through, necessitating a trial, Epstein’s lawyers might have used the prior restitution clause to undermine the girls’ credibility as witnesses, by claiming they had exaggerated Epstein’s behavior in hopes of cashing in.” [Lame. ]

    These excuses fall flat. The volume of evidence that the DOJ had on Epstein and his criminal enterprise was extensive. For example, privilege logs filed by the prosecutors in the Doe case show they had records covering every part of Epstein’s life, including his finances, corporate records, flight logs, and phone calls with conspirators.

    When it came to the victims, the evidence was overwhelming. The DOJ had an FBI file entitled “Summary of Sexual Activity,” containing an analysis of victim-specific information. This included a chart showing phone calls, travel, and grand jury evidence relevant to possible charges. Records show this involved at least nine potential victims. The DOJ was also in possession of FBI reports of interviews of victims and witnesses in New York back in March 2008.

    Court records also revealed the DOJ had jury transcripts, witness and victim interviews, investigative files from the State of Florida and the Palm Beach Police Department, and records on potential co-conspirators.

    The evidence was there. What was missing was the institutional desire to prosecute child sexual abuse. The institutions failed the victims. And the media has failed the public by not demanding those in power answer a simple question: “Why?”

    The answer to that question lies with the Department of Justice headquarters, also known as “main Justice.” They knew. Epstein’s criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has stated that the plea deal “went through numerous levels of approval at main Justice.”

    The involvement of main Justice was confirmed in the court’s Feb. 21 opinion, which states “any requirement that Epstein carry out his obligations under the [non-prosecution agreement] was delayed while he sought higher-level review within the Justice Department.”

    Further corroboration was provided by Acosta at his July 10 press conference, where he stated that people from main Justice were involved early in the development of the Epstein case and were aware of its progression. Acosta declined to state who at main Justice was involved in the Epstein case. I have names.

    Court records show that post-plea-deal decisions went up to Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, who, according to one former DOJ official, has a stellar reputation. Filip was informed of reasons to approve the continued prosecution of Epstein if he didn’t comply with the non-prosecution agreement. Judge Marra noted that Filip reviewed the Epstein matter and determined that federal prosecution of Epstein was appropriate if he did not “comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement.”

    Another high-level Department of Justice official who had his fingerprints on the case is Andrew Oosterbaan, then-chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. A privilege log filed on June 23, 2015, references several emails from 2007 between the Florida federal prosecutors and Oosterbaan regarding an “Epstein meeting” and “changes to the draft indictment and status of plea negotiations.”

    The same document shows emails from 2008 with Oosterbaan concerning a “continued delay in presenting case to grand jury due to failure to receive decision from D.C., the status of grand jury presentation and ongoing investigation” and a “meeting in DC” concerning the case.

    Additionally, these records appear to show Epstein’s attorneys reached out to Andy Lourie in May 2007 to arrange a meeting to discuss the Epstein investigation. [B]Lourie was the acting chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division in Washington in 2006, before becoming the acting principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff to the Criminal Division by 2007. In 2007, he was also an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida. Lourie was kept in the loop on possible federal coercion and enticement charges, proposed changes to the indictment, “finalizing details with State Attorney’s Office,” and “final revisions to indictment package.”

    There are also notations of 2007 emails from Florida federal prosecutors to Myesha Braden, who was serving as a trial attorney for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, regarding securing a pre-indictment consultation contract. This correspondence took place months before Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement.

    In other words, main Justice was well-informed with the investigation and status of the case.

    The involvement of main Justice raises the question of who made the ultimate decision on Epstein’s sweetheart deal. Was Acosta following orders from main Justice? If so, who issued the orders and how high did it go? Who did Filip and Oosterbaan report to?

    And why did main Justice have such an interest in a South Florida child sex offender?

    This quote from Acosta, cited in a July 9, 2019, Daily Beast article, may provide the answer: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”

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    What this information tells me is Epstein has known for months that he was going to be arrested. He sold the Lolita Express and waited for his cue to come in. Who are they really after and how much evidence was destroyed? Am I missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubble Head View Post
    My guess about the Jewish Temple on Epstein Island is for the practice of Kabbalah. Ancient Jewish dark rituals.. Used heavily in Middle Ages. Not of the Tora. We are talking very dark rituals to gain power. This would fit in with him and his clients life style. Reason to remove the connection to him being Jewish. Just my guess.
    Madonna has been connected to this, as well...kabbalah, that is. It is not Biblical, but mystical, and dark, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane View Post
    What this information tells me is Epstein has known for months that he was going to be arrested. He sold the Lolita Express and waited for his cue to come in. Who are they really after and how much evidence was destroyed? Am I missing something?
    Assuming that Epstein is, indeed, **somebody's** intelligence asset, then his "folks" were "clued," likely some time ago, and guided Epstein accordingly - after all, snooping is what intelligence agencies DO . . .


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    Ex-Israeli premier plays down relationship with Epstein

    By The Associated Press
    JERUSALEM — July 11, 2019, 2:03 PM ET

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is playing down his ties with Jeffrey Epstein — the U.S. financier jailed on sex-trafficking charges.

    Barak's connection with Epstein has emerged in Israel just days after the 78-year-old former premier announced his political comeback in a bid to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    .

    According to U.S. tax records, Barak received some $2 million in grants last decade from the Wexner Foundation — a philanthropic organization that supports Jewish causes founded by U.S. billionaire Leslie Wexner.

    The documents say the grants were for unspecified "research." At the time of the grants, Epstein was a trustee of the foundation. Netanyahu has accused the media of remaining "silent" about the matter
    .

    In a radio interview Thursday, Barak said he met Epstein several times, but said he "didn't support me or pay me."

    He said he has met many people over the years, some of whom turned out to be involved in "problematic things," including Harvey Weinstein.

    "I also met Netanyahu," he quipped. Israel's attorney general has recommended criminal charges against Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases.

    The Wexner Foundation did not immediately respond to queries seeking comment.

    https://abcnews.go.com/International...rticleroll_hed

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    Great. If he's in any way connected to intel, he'll skate.
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    The old adage of: Bullshit walks and money talks will be tested in Epstein's case. My guess is that: "Money WALKS". It will be interesting to see exactly where this whole thing goes and exactly who else will be implicated as a result.

    I would not be surprised that somehow, someway Epstein gets off or gets another slap on the hand. "IF" all the names that have been dropped, like Clinton and Prince Andrew, etc., get drawn into the fray things could get dicey. Of course Epstein could end up being the sacrificial goat.....or.....ARKANCIDED, which would not surprise me at all.

    Time will tell. This could get really really interesting.
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    Epstein's first casualty is the federal prosecutor who gave Epstein the infamous sweetheart plea deal.

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    Labor Secretary Acosta announces he will step down, amid criticism over Epstein plea deal

    By Adam Shaw, Brooke Singman | Fox News
    Published 1 hour ago

    Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he will be stepping down over his past involvement in a highly controversial plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges.

    Acosta and President Trump revealed the secretary’s decision Friday morning during remarks to reporters outside the White House. Acosta said he submitted his resignation to the president that morning and would resign from his post next week.

    "Over the last week, I've seen a lot of coverage about the Department of Labor," Acosta said, noting the reports have been related to the Epstein controversy and not success at the agency. "I do not think it is right and fair for this administration's Labor Department to have Epstein as the focus rather than the incredible economy we have today."

    "I called the president today ... I submitted my resignation," Acosta said. "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the incredible economy we have today."

    Acosta came under heavy fire this week for his role as U.S. attorney for Florida in securing a plea deal for Epstein that resulted in an 18-month sentence — he served just 13 months.

    The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Acosta negotiated a deal that resulted in two state solicitation charges, but no federal charges.

    Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

    The president, though, underscored that it was Acosta's decision to resign from his post, and touted his work in the administration.

    "Alexander is a great labor secretary -- not a good labor secretary," he said. "There is no need at all, as far as I'm concerned...This is a person that I've gotten to know. There hasn't been an ounce of controversy at the Department of Labor."

    Trump added: "He's doing this not for himself. He's doing this for the administration. I said, 'You don't have to do this.' He doesn't have to do this."

    Trump announced that deputy secretary of Labor, Pat Pizzella, will take over the agency as acting secretary.

    Trump, who was said to have been friends with Epstein, added that he "was not a fan" of him and has not spoken to him in 15 years.

    "I wasn't a big fan of Epstein. That I can tell you," he said. "I will say this and say it again. I say it loud and clear. Alex Acosta was a great secretary of labor."

    Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Monday for Acosta to step down over what she called an “unconscionable agreement” with Epstein, and was soon joined by a chorus of other top-ranking congressional Democrats.

    Meanwhile, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee wrote to Acosta on Wednesday inviting him to testify at a July 23 hearing that will examine his actions related to Epstein.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the first 2020 Democrat to react to Acosta’s resignation, tweeting: “Good riddance.”

    Acosta defended himself Wednesday in a press conference, in which he said that his office fought for a tougher punishment after state prosecutors were ready to let him walk free,

    “Simply put, the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free, no jail time,” he said. “Prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable.”

    Acosta argued that it was his office that secured jail time, restitution and for Epstein to register as a sex offender.

    “We believe that we proceeded appropriately, that's based on evidence, not just my opinion... there was value to getting a guilty plea and having him register,” he said.

    Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state attorney at the time, responded later Wednesday: “I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong. Federal prosecutors do not take a back seat to state prosecutors. That’s not how the system works in the real world.”

    He continued, “If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted.”

    Still, Acosta said the accusations against Epstein were “despicable” and his alleged crimes “absolutely deserve a stiffer sentence.”

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    Jeffrey Epstein donations favored Democrats, including Chuck Schumer

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein handed out thousands of dollars in the 1990s, mostly to Democrats and their party, but he stopped campaign donations in the early 2000s as Florida was probing accusations involving teenage and underage girls.

    Federal election records show he gave to 26 Democrats and three Republicans in the 1990s. He also gave to the Democrats’ Senate and House campaign arms.

    The billionaire investor hobnobbed with New York’s wealthy and the nation’s powerful. He hosted former President Bill Clinton on a number of flights in his private jet and socialized with real estate developer Donald Trump. Media stars and entertainers were among his dinner guests at his Upper East Side mansion overlooking Central Park.

    Mr. Epstein was indicted by a New York grand jury this week on child sex-trafficking charges. He had pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges and was forced to register as a sex offender permanently.

    The list of Epstein-funded Democrats is a who’s who of the 1990s: Sens. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico; Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd of Connecticut; Bill Bradley of New Jersey; Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York; Mark Pryor of Arkansas; and John Glenn of Ohio.

    Sen. Charles E.Schumer of New York, now Senate minority leader, received $4,000 from him in two election cycles.

    Mr. Epstein also gave $29,000 to Democrats’ senatorial campaign operation and $25,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

    Some campaigns have been returning his money. Last year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign committee sent back $10,000, and the Dodd and Moynihan campaigns have each returned $1,000.

    Stacy Plaskett, the delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands where Mr. Epstein owns an island the locals nicknamed “Pedophile Island,” received three donations of $2,700 each from 2016 to 2018.

    She first said she planned to keep the donations but later committed to handing the money back.

    Epstein lists his employment history as Wexner Investments, where he worked as a money manager; Financial Trust Co., his holding in the Virgin Islands; J. Epstein and Co.; and “self financier.”

    How he assembled his fortune is somewhat of a mystery. After leaving Wexner in the 1980s, he became a one-man hedge fund under Financial Trust.

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    Great. If he's in any way connected to intel, he'll skate.
    At this point, considering all the tendrils leading back to him, as I've noted before Epstein is very likely to assume room temperature, particularly if he's got Intel connections at this point.

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    Housecarl, can you say Arkcanicide? Yep, Epstein is now in full deal mode and depending on how corrupt Cpmey's daughter is, the answer is very, he may be DOA by Monday. ON the other hand, Doomer Doug nailed it when he said that Acosta was "road kill." You reach a point where the corrupt is so vast, and so not able to be covered up, you can't. Epstein is at that level now. The NYPD, the FBI, and DOJ covered up Weiner, which makes it impossible to cover up Epstein. My next prediction is the Markist Democrats that got money from Epstein, like Schumer etc are next on the road kill menu.

    It is a good day, Housecarl, for the hand of the Lord is heavy on the evil here in the USA, and the screams of the little children have been heard on high and ires dei is now fully underway. What a piece of scum Epstein is, they all are. This is only the first taste of the judgment coming upon America for abusing children.
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    How Prince Andrew partied with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at billionaire's infamous $77m Manhattan mansion - just months AFTER end of his soft sentence for soliciting young girls for sex

    Prince Andrew was a guest at Jeffrey Epstein's home in December 2010, according to a party-goer
    British royal was hosted by the convicted pedophile at his Manhattan mansion - just months after his release from prison
    Shamed pedophile was jailed after pleading guilty to soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex in 2008
    After serving a 13-month sentence Epstein invited the Duke of York to his New York home for four days in December 2010
    During that time he hosted the intimate gathering with guests including Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler and George Stephanopolous
    That month an embarrassing photo was taken showing Andrew and Epstein strolling in Central Park that made headlines around the world
    Buckingham Palace today said Andrew has not seen Epstein since that photograph was taken

    By James Nye For Dailymail.com

    Published: 09:49 EDT, 12 July 2019 | Updated: 13:12 EDT, 12 July 2019



    Prince Andrew partied with his pedophile companion Jeffrey Epstein at the billionaire's $77million Manhattan mansion - just weeks after the shamed businessman was released from jail, DailyMail.com can reveal.

    Epstein, hosted the bash in The Duke of York's honour as the Prince stayed at his home for four days in December 2010.

    The 66-year-old hedge fund tycoon invited Andrew to stay after he had been released from prison in July following a 13-month prison term for soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex.

    After his release and a year of house arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, Epstein hosted the star-studded dinner party in honor of his friend at his 71st Street mansion in New York, the same property raided by the FBI this week.
    Prince Andrew is pictured with pedophile businessman Jeffrey Epstein as the men stroll around Central Park in December 2010
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    Prince Andrew is pictured with pedophile businessman Jeffrey Epstein as the men stroll around Central Park in December 2010
    Virginia Giuffre formerly Roberts, now 35, (pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001) says she thinks the Duke of York could give evidence in the case against Epstein
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    Virginia Giuffre formerly Roberts, now 35, (pictured with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001) says she thinks the Duke of York could give evidence in the case against Epstein
    Billionaire Epstein hosted a party attended by Prince Andrew at his infamous $77m (above) Manhattan mansion in December 2010 - months after his release from a 13 month jail sentence


    Billionaire Epstein hosted a party attended by Prince Andrew at his infamous $77m (above) Manhattan mansion in December 2010 - months after his release from a 13 month jail sentence



    Guests at the intimate Manhattan townhouse soiree of around 15 people included Woody Allen, CBS anchor Katie Couric, Charlie Rose, Chelsea Handler and George Stephanopoulos.

    It was just two months after the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton and the main topic of conversation was the forthcoming wedding of the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London that coming April.
    The hedge fund tycoon, 66, invited Andrew to stay after he had been released from prison in the July following a 13-month prison term for soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex
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    The hedge fund tycoon, 66, invited Andrew to stay after he had been released from prison in the July following a 13-month prison term for soliciting girls as young as 14 for sex

    According to reports, Ms Couric recalled telling Andrew she would be broadcasting live from outside Westminster Abbey for the wedding and asked: 'If I mail your BlackBerry, will you give me the details on what is happening inside?'

    The intimate get-together was hosted in the same month an embarrassing photo was taken showing Andrew deep in conversation with shamed Epstein as they strolled through Central Park.

    The picture was published in February the following year and made headlines around the world, with questions being raised over the Duke's judgement in associating himself with the high-profile sex abuser.

    A spokesman for Buckingham Palace today insisted that the Prince, who had previously holidayed with Epstein in Thailand and invited him for stays at Windsor Castle and the Queen's country residence Sandringham, had not seen the pedophile since that photo was taken.

    A spokesman for Buckingham Palace today told DailyMail.com: 'The Duke of York has not visited any home of Mr Epstein or met with him since December 2010 when the photograph in Central Park was taken.'

    The mansion on the Upper East Side is the now notorious home where just this past weekend federal agents and members of the NYPD removed thousands of images and photographs depicting nude women – a number of which appeared to be of underage females according to prosecutors for the Southern District of New York
    Katie Couric was said to have been one of around 20 guests at the party and recalled speaking to Andrew about Prince William's wedding, according to reports
    George Stephanopolous (above) was also said to have been invited to the intimate soiree where guests were served lasagna and given a tour of the property

    Katie Couric and George Stephanopolous were said to be both guests alongside Prince Andrew at the party said to have been organised by Epstein's long-time friend Peggy Siegal

    He pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges on Monday and the 66-year-old is accused of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14 and could face up to 45 years in jail.

    The party thrown for the royal was put together by Peggy Siegal according to The Daily Beast, a longtime friend of Epstein who just a few months prior had also planned a Yom Kippur Break Fast at Epstein's home that was attended by a number of socialites and their families.

    It is said that Siegal had organized the event as a chance to meet Andrew according to another individual close to Epstein and the guests, just a few months after the Duke of York's nephew Prince William had proposed to his girlfriend Catherine Middleton.

    That same person noted that Siegal is the preeminent host of awards season bashes in New York City, suggesting that likely played a large role in the turn-out that evening.

    It was a low-key affair despite the A-list guests reports The Hollywood Reporter, with the crowd dining on lasagna and Epstein outfitting himself in jeans and a pair of velvet Stubbs & Wootton slippers.

    And adding to the sense of growing embarrassment for the British prince, one woman who claimed she worked as a 'sex slave' for Jeffrey Epstein said she thinks the royal could help prosecutors prosecute the billionaire sex offender.

    Virginia Giuffre, now 35, says she thinks Prince Andrew could give evidence in the case against Epstein.

    But David Boies, her attorney has admitted that the Duke would most likely refuse to help US prosecutors.

    And he says that US investigators have no ability to compel him to testify.
    In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in NY federal court on July 8, 2019
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    In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in NY federal court on July 8, 2019

    Giuffre, who was previously Virigina Roberts, has alleged she was one of a number of young girls abused by Epstein when she was a teenager.

    She alleged in court papers that she slept with Prince Andrew, but these allegations were dismissed by a US judge and were struck from the record.

    For his part, Prince Andrew has denied any involvement with Giuffre.

    Buckingham Palace also issued on the record statements in January 2015 denying the allegations.

    'Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue' and 'it is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. The allegations made are false and without any foundation,' it said.

    Now living in Australia, she spoke out yesterday for the first time since Epstein was arrested.

    In a statement issued by Mr Boies' law firm, Mrs Giuffre said: 'I am deeply pleased that federal prosecutors in New York have arrested Jeffrey Epstein and are on the case in a serious way.'

    The indictment filed in New York earlier this week accuses Epstein of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York from 2002 through 2005.

    The charges carry the potential for up to 45 years in prison.

    His once-secret agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida has been widely criticized as a sweetheart deal.

    The criticism has fallen heavily on Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time of the agreement.

    Epstein's arrest has drawn attention to his past friendships with powerful people, including Donald Trump before he became president and former President Bill Clinton. Both have recently said they haven't seen Epstein in years and didn't know about any misconduct.

    On Thursday, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak also sought to distance himself from Epstein after U.S. tax records emerged that Barak received some $2 million in grants last decade from the Wexner Foundation. At the time of the grants, Epstein was a trustee of the foundation.

    In a radio interview, Barak said he met Epstein several times but said he 'didn't support me or pay me.'

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    Epstein finances to be kept secret ahead of bail hearing

    By The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — July 12, 2019, 1:18 PM ET

    Information that could shed light on jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein's wealth will be kept secret ahead of a Monday bail hearing in his sex trafficking case in New York, a judge has ruled.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Friday that Epstein's lawyers can file documents related to his finances under seal, keeping them out of the public docket.

    Prosecutors complained to Berman in a letter on Thursday that Epstein's lawyers hadn't filed the paperwork, making it impossible to "meaningfully respond" to their argument that he should be held on house arrest pending trial.

    Berman rejected prosecutors' request for more time to file their response. It's due by 5 p.m. Friday.

    The judge hand wrote his denial on a copy of the prosecution letter. "Hard to imagine it would take the Govt extra time to review submission," Berman wrote.

    Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty this week to charges alleging he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls at his mansions in New York and Palm Beach, Florida, in the early 2000s.

    The case is being brought more than a decade after Epstein secretly cut a deal with prosecutors to dispose of nearly identical allegations.

    The 2008 non-prosecution agreement allowed Epstein to plead guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution instead of facing federal charges. He served 13 months in jail, was required to reach financial settlements with dozens of his alleged victims and register as a sex offender.

    Prosecutors in the case in New York argue that Epstein is a significant flight risk and want him held without bail pending trial. They say he has three active U.S. passports and has frequently traveled in and out of the country on his private jet.

    Epstein's lawyers favor house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion, saying prosecutors were making a "drastic demand" asking that he be jailed until trial.

    In a court filing, Epstein's lawyers argued that he had long lived with the fear that federal prosecutors might pursue sexual abuse charges against him again and had never sought to flee the country.

    The new charges have brought renewed attention to Epstein. On Friday, the New Mexico attorney general's office said it was investigating charges against the financier, who owns a ranch south of Santa Fe. The office is interviewing people who say they were victims of Epstein and plans to forward any evidence to federal authorities, spokesman Matt Baca said in an emailed statement.

    An email seeking comment was sent to a lawyer for Epstein.


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    Epstein's Lawyers Request Home Detention in $77M NYC Mansion for Accused Child Sex Trafficker
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers, seeking bail for their client, said Thursday that the accused sex trafficker of underage girls had long lived with the fear that federal prosecutors might pursue sexual abuse charges against him again — and yet had never sought to flee the country.
    Epstein, 66, was arrested Saturday night in New Jersey as he arrived from Paris and now faces sex trafficking charges alleging he abused dozens of underage girls in Florida and New York in the early 2000s. His lawyers have argued that a non-prosecution agreement made more than a decade ago with federal prosecutors covers the same ground as the new charges.

    He pleaded not guilty Monday, and a judge asked defense lawyers and prosecutors to submit their bail arguments prior to a hearing next week.

    His lawyers recommended house arrest in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan mansion and electronic monitoring as they countered what they described as a “drastic demand” by prosecutors that he be detained until trial.

    They said their client was willing to offer the Manhattan property as collateral while he lives there, along with his private jet, which would be grounded, as he fights the charges.

    In seeking detention, prosecutors said a trove of what seemed to be nude pictures of underage girls was found in his mansion after his arrest on charges that he sexually exploited and abused underage girls.

    In their submission in Manhattan federal court, lawyers said Epstein always knew federal authorities might renege on a non-prosecution deal signed in 2007, under which Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida, served a 13-month jail sentence and registered as a sex offender.

    “Indeed, Mr. Epstein feared the toxic political climate might tempt the government to try and end-run the NPA — yet continually returned home from travel abroad, fully prepared to vindicate his rights under the agreement and otherwise mount a full-throated defense,” they wrote.

    The lawyers also said Epstein was in “perfect compliance” with sex offender registration requirements.

    The defense also gave some insight into arguments they might eventually use at future hearings and at trial, saying that the accusations against Epstein are “outside the margins of federal criminal law” and don’t constitute sex trafficking since there were no allegations he “trafficked anybody for commercial profit; that he forced, coerced, defrauded, or enslaved anybody.”

    Late Thursday, Epstein’s lawyers also asked for permission to file his financial disclosure under seal, citing the “exceptional amount of publicity that has been generated by this case, much of which relates specifically to his finances.” The judge did not immediately rule.

    The indictment filed in New York accuses Epstein of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York from 2002 through 2005. The charges carry the potential for up to 45 years in prison.

    Since the charges were filed, a woman has come forward to say Epstein raped her at his New York mansion when she was 15. Epstein’s attorneys have not responded to that accusation, and prosecutors declined to comment on it.

    A massage therapist who says she traveled to one of Epstein’s private Caribbean islands to work dozens of times in the early 2000s told The Associated Press that she saw “nothing out of the ordinary” there.

    She said she saw girls there on two occasions: One girl appeared to be 16 or 17 and excitedly rode around the island on an ATV. She glimpsed another girl hurrying from Epstein’s house to a nearby cottage.

    The woman spoke on condition of being identified only by her initials, H.W., because she feared losing business.

    H.W., who was then in her 50s, said she was never asked to do anything improper and didn’t make anything of seeing the girls on Little St. James Island, Epstein’s main retreat in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Several employees who worked on Epstein’s property have refused to talk because they signed non-disclosure agreements.

    The once-secret agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida has been widely criticized as a sweetheart deal. The criticism has fallen heavily on Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time of the agreement.

    Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee sent a letter to the Justice Department on Thursday requesting a briefing on the agreement.

    Epstein’s arrest has drawn attention to his past friendships with powerful people, including Donald Trump before he became president and former President Bill Clinton. Both have recently said they haven’t seen Epstein in years and didn’t know about any misconduct.

    On Thursday, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak also sought to distance himself from Epstein after U.S. tax records emerged that Barak received some $2 million in grants last decade from the Wexner Foundation. At the time of the grants, Epstein was a trustee of the foundation.

    In a radio interview, Barak said he met Epstein several times but said he “didn’t support me or pay me.”

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    Associated Press writer Dánica Coto contributed to this report from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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    Oh good, it's Trump's fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bw View Post
    Oh good, it's Trump's fault.
    Why, haven't you heard? Absolutely everything is!


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    Oh good, it's Trump's fault.

    Translation: Hitlery isn’t in the WH to make everything go away.


    That IS Trump’s fault, you know?

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    Real Hedge-Fund Managers Have Some Thoughts on What Epstein Was Actually Doing

    Long before Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in Florida more than a decade ago, his fellow Palm Beach resident and hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass was intrigued by the local gossip about his neighbor.

    “I’m hearing about the parties, hearing about a guy who’s throwing money around,” says Kass, president of Seabreeze Partners Management. While stories about young girls swarming Epstein’s waterfront mansion and the sex parties he hosted for the rich and powerful were the talk of the town, Kass was more focused on how this obscure person, rumored to be managing billions of dollars, had become so wealthy without much of a track record.

    Kass was well-connected on Wall Street, where he’d worked for decades, so he began to ask around. “I went to my institutional brokers, to their trading desks and asked if they ever traded with him. I did it a few times until the date when he was arrested,” he recalls. “Not one institutional trading desk, primary or secondary, had ever traded with Epstein’s firm.”

    When a reporter came to interview Kass about Bernie Madoff shortly before that firm blew up in the biggest Ponzi scheme ever, Kass told her, “There’s another guy who reminds me of Madoff that no one trades with.” That man was Jeffrey Epstein.

    “How did he get the money?” Kass kept asking.

    For decades, Epstein has been credulously described as a big-time hedge-fund manager and a billionaire, even though there’s not a lot of evidence that he is either. There appears little chance the public is going to get definitive answers anytime soon. In a July 11 letter to the New York federal judge overseeing Epstein’s sex-trafficking case, Epstein’s attorney offered to provide “sealed disclosures” about Epstein’s finances to determine the size of the bond he would need to post to secure his release from jail pending trial. His brother, Mark, and a friend even offered to chip in if necessary.

    Naturally, this air of mystery has especially piqued the interest of real-life, non-pretend hedge-funders. If this guy wasn’t playing their game — and they seem pretty sure he was not — what game was he playing? Intelligencer spoke to several prominent hedge-fund managers to get a read on what their practiced eyes are detecting in all the new information that is coming to light about Epstein in the wake of his indictment by federal prosecutors in New York. Most saw signs of something unsavory at the heart of his business model.

    To begin with, there is much skepticism among the hedgies Intelligencer spoke with that Epstein made the money he has — and he appears to have a lot, given a lavish portfolio of homes and private aircraft — as a traditional money manager. A fund manager who knows well how that kind of fortune is acquired notes, “It’s hard to make a billion dollars quietly.” Epstein never made a peep in the financial world.

    Epstein was also missing another key element of a typical thriving hedge fund: investors. Kass couldn’t find any beyond Epstein’s one well-publicized client, retail magnate Les Wexner — nor could other players in the hedge-fund world who undertook similar snooping. “I don’t know anyone who’s ever invested in him; he’s never talked about by any of the allocators,” says one billionaire hedge-fund manager, referring to firms that distribute large pools of money among various funds.

    Epstein’s spotty professional history has also drawn a lot of attention in recent days, and Kass says it was one of the first things that raised his suspicions years ago. Now 66, Epstein didn’t come from money and never graduated from college, yet he landed a teaching job at a fancy private school (“unheard of,” says Kass) and rose through the ranks in the early 1980s at investment bank Bear Stearns. Within no time, Kass notes, Epstein was made a partner of the firm — and then was promptly and unceremoniously ousted. (Epstein reportedly left the firm following a minor securities violation.) Despite this “squishy work experience,” as Kass puts it, at some point after his quick exit, Epstein launched his own hedge fund, J. Epstein & Co., later renamed Financial Trust Co. Along the way, he began peddling the improbable narrative that he was so selective he would only work with billionaires.

    Oddly, Epstein also claimed to do all the investing by himself while his 150 employees all worked in the back office — which Kass says reminds him of Madoff’s cover story. Though it now appears that Epstein had many fewer employees than he claimed, according to the New York Times:

    Thomas Volscho, a sociology professor at the College of Staten Island who has been researching for a book on Mr. Epstein, recently obtained [a 2002 disclosure] form, which shows [Epstein’s] Financial Trust had $88 million in contributions from shareholders. In a court filing that year, Mr. Epstein said his firm had about 20 employees, far fewer than the 150 reported at the time by New York magazine.

    Given this puzzling set of data points, the hedge-fund managers we spoke to leaned toward the theory that Epstein was running a blackmail scheme under the cover of a hedge fund.

    How such a scheme could hypothetically work has been laid out in detail in a thread on the anonymous Twitter feed of @quantian1. It’s worth reading in its entirety, but in summary it is a rough blueprint for how a devious aspiring hedge-fund manager could blackmail rich people into investing with him without raising too many flags.

    Kass and former hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson both emailed the thread around in investing circles and both quickly discovered that their colleagues found it quite convincing. “This actually sounds very plausible,” Tilson wrote in an email forwarding the thread to others.

    “He somehow cajoled these guys to invest,” says Kass, speaking of hypothetical blackmailed investors who gave Epstein their money to invest, but managed to keep their names private.

    The fact that Epstein’s fund is offshore in a tax haven — it is based in the U.S. Virgin Islands — and has a secret client list both add credence to the blackmail theory.

    So what did Epstein do with the money he did have under his management, setting aside the questions of how he got it and how much he had? One hedge-fund manager speculates that Epstein could have just put the client money in an S&P 500 index fund, perhaps with a tax dodge thrown in. “I put in $100 million, I get the S&P 500 minus some fees,” he says, speaking of a theoretical client’s experience. Over the past few decades, the client would have “made a shitload” — as would Epstein. A structure like that wouldn’t have required trading desks or analysts or complex regulatory disclosures.

    Kass has kicked around a similar idea: Maybe Epstein just put all the client money in U.S. treasuries — the simplest and safest investment there is, and the kind of thing one guy actually can do by himself.

    If the blackmail theory sounds far-fetched, it’s worth keeping in mind that it was also floated by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre. “Epstein … also got girls for Epstein’s friends and acquaintances. Epstein specifically told me that the reason for him doing this was so that they would ‘owe him,’ they would ‘be in his pocket,’ and he would ‘have something on them,’” she said in a court affidavit, according to the investigative series in the Miami Herald that brought the case back to the public’s attention late last year.

    In the 2015 filing, Giuffre claimed that Epstein “debriefed her” after she was forced into sexual encounters so that he could possess “intimate and potentially embarrassing information” to blackmail friends into parking their money with him. She also said photographic and video evidence existed — an assertion that looms especially large now that federal investigators have found a trove of images in Epstein’s home safe.
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    I can not for the life of me understand how this man thought it was a good idea to keep the child porn in his own home.

    Did he really believe he would never be caught?

    surprise

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    I can not for the life of me understand how this man thought it was a good idea to keep the child porn in his own home.

    Did he really believe he would never be caught?

    surprise
    Maybe the right person bought his jet and is keeping it clean, so it can be thoroughly checked for DNA. Wouldn't that be nice.

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    Sometimes I think that if Bill Clinton didn't have all the sex he claims he didn't have, Chelsea wouldn't be alive today.

    ...Webb Hubble notwithstanding.
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    Danny Williams, the kid who says Bill Clinton is his father.


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    18 Jun 2017

    Even though you abandoned me and only took care of Chelsea, I still want to thank you for giving me life. Happy Father's Day @billclinton.



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    I thought Slick Willie was sterile due to mumps during childhood, which was why his "wife" Felonia von Pantsuit had to use longtime co-conspirator Hubbell for working DNA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaSmith View Post
    I thought Slick Willie was sterile due to mumps during childhood, which was why his "wife" Felonia von Pantsuit had to use longtime co-conspirator Hubbell for working DNA?
    Well that's one story. Have you looked at Felonia lately?
    Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.

  37. #357
    Quote Originally Posted by bw View Post
    Well that's one story. Have you looked at Felonia lately?
    Lol...

    I also heard/read she’s pretty stinky, too (vomit!! )
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding,
    acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.

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    The Democrat Who Let Jeffrey Epstein Get Away

    Why is no one talking about Barry Krischer?

    July 11, 2019
    Daniel Greenfield

    The Florida prosecutor who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to get away with the abuse of children is a very popular guy in Palm Beach.

    The YWCA of Palm Beach County (“eliminating racism, empowering women”) offers the Barry Krischer Humanitarian Award and the Domestic Violence Council has a Barry Krischer scholarship.

    Last year, the ADL honored Krischer with its Jurisprudence Award.

    The Florida Bar had honored Kirscher with a lifetime achievement award and he’s still listed as a member in good standing. Even Jeb Bush had bestowed a Peace at Home award on the prosecutor.

    Krischer sits on the Criminal Justice Commission and offers training to law enforcement, court personnel and child welfare providers on dealing with crimes of sexual violence. His bio states that he remains active in “child welfare issues” through his work with the Department of Children and Families.

    The former Palm Beach County State Attorney had made national news three times during his career. Once when he went after Rush Limbaugh, then after Ann Coulter, two Republicans, and when, after being handed the case of Epstein, a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, he gave him a pass.

    Barry Krischer is a Democrat. Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire donor to Democrats.

    As Chief Prosecutor, Krischer had made his reputation with a zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting juveniles as adults. But after Epstein had abused underage girls, Krischer, according to the detective on the case, ignored police efforts to charge him with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and instead the billionaire abuser was indicted only on a minor charge of solicitation of prostitution.

    Interviews with over a dozen girls and witnesses were ignored.

    The victims were not notified of when they needed to appear before Krischer’s Grand Jury. Calls by the police to issue warrants for the arrest of Epstein and his associates were ignored by Kirscher’s subordinates. Eventually, Kirscher’s people stopped taking phone calls from the police.

    The Palm Beach police chief claimed that information was being leaked to Epstein’s lawyers and wrote a public letter attacking Krischer and urging him to disqualify himself from the case. Instead the travesty went on. State prosecutors allowed Epstein to skip sex offender counselling, and hire a private shrink.

    When the judge asked assistant state prosecutor Lanna Belohlavek if all the victims had signed off on the deal, she claimed that they had. The lawyer for the victims has said that was not the truth.

    As a sex offender, Epstein should have been in state prison, but instead he received a private wing in the Palm Beach County stockade.

    “There’s significant budget cuts in the county already, and sending him to the county jail and not the Dept. of Corrections is a significant cost to the taxpayer and the county,” the judge had objected.

    But reporting to the stockade allowed Epstein to hire Palm Beach sheriff’s deputies as his security while he spent the day in his office on his work release program. The deputies stayed in the front room of his office, during the time that he was supposed to be in prison, while visitors went into his private office.

    The deputies stopped calling Epstein an “inmate” and began referring to him as a “client”.

    Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, a Democrat, oversaw the illegal arrangement.

    Bradsaw and Krischer were political allies.

    After 13 months of this, there was another year of house arrest in which Epstein was able to fly his jet around the country and around the world. Before long, he was partying with the smart set, including Charlie Rose, Katie Couric, Woody Allen and Chelsea Handler. And his case was forgotten. Until now.

    The Palm Beach police chief had referred the case to the FBI, hoping to hit Epstein with federal charges. The Feds were able to assemble a 53-page indictment. And they too folded. The U.S. attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, is now Trump's secretary of labor. And that explains the sudden renewed interest.

    But, unlike Epstein’s Democrat pals, Trump wasn’t hanging out with Epstein after the truth came out.

    Epstein’s victims were originally denied justice because of his connections to Democrat politicians. They may now receive justice as part of an attack on a Trump cabinet member in the post-Clinton era.

    But why did Epstein get a pass from the feds?

    Acosta allegedly told Trump transition officials that he had been told to back off Epstein. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he allegedly said.

    Meanwhile Epstein had served as a key federal witness and received “valuable consideration” in the Bear Stearns case. The hedge fund managers in the Bear Stearns case however were acquitted. This is yet another mystery in the big question of how Epstein made his money and where it came from.

    In a world where financial dealings are carefully tracked by the media, that is its own mystery.

    Epstein was supposedly a money manager, but his clients are unknown. His firm, Financial Trust Co. is located in the Virgin Islands. As are a number of other companies with bland names like NES and Maple Inc. that he used to make his purchases. After a decade of litigation, his true net worth is still unknown.

    According to one acquittance, Epstein claimed to have helped African dictators hide their stolen money.

    Jeffrey Epstein spent his career moving in rarefied social, political and financial circles. It’s unknown who in the government might have given Acosta a “stand down” order in regard to prosecuting him.

    And we may never know.

    The actual dirty work was handled by Ann Marie Villafaña, a federal prosecutor, who wrote to Epstein's lawyer, "I would prefer not to highlight for the judge all the other crimes and all the other persons that we could charge.”

    No mention has been made of her even though she had been rebuked in a previous child sex case.

    Meanwhile media outlets, instead of asking Barry Krischer any hard questions, enthusiastically quote a letter by Krischer attacking Acosta.

    All the facts of the Epstein case had been available a decade ago. The media chose to ignore them until after the Clintons had flamed out. The timing of the media’s interest in Epstein is its own cover-up.

    Now the media wants to talk about Acosta and Trump, instead of Clinton and Krischer.

    But the story begins with Krischer.

    According to Palm Beach’s top cop, the prosecutor had wanted to nail Epstein. And then something changed. At some point in the case, Barry Krischer may have received his own “stand down” order.

    But Krischer’s history is almost as interesting as Epstein.

    Epstein was politically protected. And so was Krischer.

    When Krischer was sued by a legal secretary who accused him of groping her, the National Organization of Women organized a rally in his defense. One of Krischer’s former state attorneys, Thomas H. Schnieders, would later beat his mother to death with a crowbar. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. And, instead of going to prison, has been sent to a mental health facility.

    The Florida Bar lists his membership as lapsed.

    But that’s not the strangest story involving Barry Krischer. In 1986, Mark Baltes was killed in a hit-and-run. The driver of the car hired Krischer, then merely a lawyer, to keep his identity anonymous and make a deal. The mystery dragged on for over two years. Investigators used Krischer’s connections to track him down and discovered that the driver was his lawyer’s tenant. When he was caught, Krischer’s client got off with probation, receiving immunity in exchange for a confession, despite showing no remorse.

    These days, Krischer is one of the founders of The Children's Place at Home Safe, an organization that claims to help abused children of around the same ages as Epstein's victims.

    The next Barry Krischer Humanitarian Award will be handed out in October. Unless the truth comes out.
    Sapere aude

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    I wish one of you savvier computer users here would start a poll of how many believe Epstein will walk free, be taken into custody never to be heard from again, die mysteriously, or he starts talking and takes down a slew of politicians with him.

    Personally, I believe he will walk free and there will be absolutely no reason for anyone to doubt the depth of corruption in this country and God help us.

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    People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk. Ayn Rand

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