Yesterday, the Miami Herald reported on the incredibly light prison sentence given to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, accused of sexually assaulting nearly 36 underage girls, served only 13 months in prison.
The plea deal was negotiated by then US Attorney Alexander Acosta. Acosta now serves in Donald Trump’s cabinet as the Labor Secretary. This is not where the connections to Donald Trump end.
Jeffrey Epstein threw well known parties in Florida, often attended by celebrities including Trump. They were so connected, in fact, that Epstein’s phone book had 16 different ways to contact the President. He also had the contact information for Melania and Ivanka Trump.
Here are images from Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book. Epstein had 16 ways to contact Donald Trump and had contact info for the following Trump’s: Melania, Robert, Blaine, Ivana and Ivanka. pic.twitter.com/a7qorauWBR
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 29, 2018
Trump was a regular attendee of Epstein’s parties and called him a friend. In 2002, Trump told NY Magazine, “I’ve know Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s alot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it- Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
These comments came 3 years before Epstein came under suspicion. Epstein was not the only person accused of committing sexual assault at his parties, Trump has been accused too.
In May of 2016, a woman named Katie Johnson filed a $100 million lawsuit accusing Trump of sexually assaulting her at an Epstein party in Manhattan. Johnson dropped the suit later in the year, with her lawyer claiming she was afraid to continue the case due to threats.
While Trump is sure to be embarrassed by his relationship with Epstein, the Miami Herald’s story will almost certainly damage his Labor Secretary. Acosta was asked about the plea deal during his nomination hearing, but Senators were unlikely to be aware of how beneficial the plea deal was for Epstein.
The Department of Labor responded, “This matter has been publicly addressed previously, including during confirmation hearings.”
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