Investigative reporter Conchita Sarnoff, author of the 2017 Daily Beast article Jeffrey Epstein: How the Hedge Fund Mogul Pedophile Got Off Easy, was interviewed on Fox last night. Below is a transcript of the most important parts of the interview. Here's my takeaway.
This Epstein case will come back to bite not only prominent Dems--they were probably the great majority of those who were complicit in the actual sexual abuse of the underage girls--but it will also implicate George "Dubya" Bush, his AG Alberto Gonzalez, and Ken Starr in abuse of the legal system to cover up the crimes of the Clintons. The reason given was and will be the concern not to prejudice a presidential election--the lives of the girls were considered expendable for that "noble" cause. Equal justice was ignored.
One other interesting aspect is the role of Acosta. He appears to have done a real investigation, as also the FBI in Miami. But then pressure came from what Sarnoff calls "the very top of the food chain."
As Ann Coulter said,
This is a really important story. ... This is not just a Clinton sex scandal; this is the elites getting cozy and covering up and protecting one another.
So read this carefully:
The Palm Beach police asked for the FBI to get involved, in 2006--"that's when Acosta comes in. A 53 page indictment was drawn up against Epstein, but what happens? Well, we're getting close to the 2008 presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton was the Democratic shoo-in at the time, President Obama was still not in the forefront. And so I believe, given the information that I have, and what I've read, that at the very top of the food chain they did not want to make--as the Attorney General said to me when I interviewed him, Alberto Gonzalez--they did not want to make a political mess. So they basically tapped Acosta again, which is also why they hired Ken Starr and Jay Lefkowitz, ... they were the two attorneys who negotiated the plea deal, meaning the non-prosecution agreement that was handed to Epstein, which by the way was not an order as Acosta told me, because I've been speaking to Acosta for many years since the original investigation and since the original arrest in 2005.
[Clinton's denials are cited.]
Pilot logs show Clinton flew with Epstein 27 times. "Many times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not."
"Almost every time that Clinton's name is on the pilot logs there are underage girls, there are initials and there are names of many, many girls on that private plane."
"I am saying, sadly, that [Clinton] is not telling the truth.
"First of all, Gerald Lefcourt, who was one of Epstein's attorneys, back during the original arrest and the original investigation, wrote a letter which has been made public and in that letter Gerald Lefcourt claims that Epstein was one of the original funders of Clinton Global Initiative. Jeffrey Epstein gave President Clinton four million dollars, according to a source who knows about that ..."
UPDATE: This should be very important. James Lewis at AmThinker writes this morning that Trump publicly called out Clinton and Epstein at the 2015 CPAC--so, before most people dreamed he'd be the next POTUS. Clearly Trump has been aware of this case for a long time, and if he did this publicly then you know he's ready for what's coming:
In 2015 at CPAC, Donald Trump said Jeff Epstein was "a nice guy, but I believe Bill Clinton will be in trouble over the [Epstein] island." ... Clinton flew on 26 trips in Epstein's private plane, Trump accused Epstein and Clinton in public at CPAC 2015, and the screen grab below is of that moment in 2015.
This story is now breaking wide open, there will be mutual accusations, and Trump has been preparing for this moment at least since his CPAC speech in 2015.
Bush, Gonzalez, Starr (among others)--Queensberry Rules Republicans, who can be counted on to finesse a political problem in ways that Democrats would never return the courtesy or accommodation. No good deed goes unpunished.ReplyDelete
Even in the era of Trump (who fights), many Republican politicians are having great difficulty learning the lesson that accommodating or compromising with Democrats is never reciprocated, and only leads to more demands for accommodation. and compromise.
I have followed this story for a long, long time- since, really, it was first investigated. I think people have slandered Acosta in this regard- his hands were tied by his superiors at the time. Now, I do think, Acosta probably should have resigned in protest, but if he had, his ethical obligations as a DA would not have allowed him to state specifically why he was resigning. I think he made the best out of a bad situation.ReplyDelete
That appears to be what Sarnoff is saying, too. That was my takeaway.Delete
That Acosta put this in writing 8 years ago, long before a whiff of a Cabinet appointment, and signed it says a great deal in my book. That he screwed the pooch with the Victims Act may not have been his call, that part is unclear.Delete
At any rate Acosta's part is peripheral. I think the hue and cry for his resignation is merely smoke and mirrors to cover the fact that the fix had been in with the Florida Democrats and Epstein was about to walk away with barely a traffic ticket if Acosta's office hadn't gotten involved. The Dem's get payback and use him as a diversion at the same time.
Agreed. One needn't approve all Acosta's actions to see that his role was not the key one.Delete
I think Trump has known about Epstein's predilections for much longer than just 2015. That quote from 2002 that the press has bandied about the last 3 days is easily interpreted as Trump very cleverly letting people know that Epstein had a fascination with too-young females- this is especially true when you pair that with Bradley Edward's comments about Trump being the only person to actually help him out in 2006-2009. I think Epstein has been on Trump's radar a long, long time.ReplyDelete
That's what Cernovich was saying last night.Delete
Who are these people who think Trump is stupid?Delete