Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who called on Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to resign over his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case around a decade ago, received thousands of dollars in donations from the financier, who is accused of sex trafficking.
Schumer’s team acknowledged the donations and said he’d pass them on to groups fighting against sex trafficking and violence.
“While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups,” Schumer’s spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the New York Post.
It wasn’t clear if Schumer’s team was asked why he took the money, how he knew Epstein, or why he didn’t return the funds after Epstein pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges in 2008 after being accused of molesting dozens of girls.
Federal election records showed Epstein donated $7,000 to Schumer from 1992 through 1997 in addition to donating $10,000 to Victory in New York and $1,000 to Win New York in 1998. The former was a joint fundraising committee established by Schumer, according to the Post.
Schumer previously donated the amount of money he received from accused rapist Harvey Weinstein to multiple charities.
Schumer took to the Senate floor on July 9 calling on Acosta to resign and demanding the Department of Justice make public a review of how Acosta handled the case.
Schumer also said President Donald Trump should expand on his relationship with Epstein.
Trump in 2002 called Epstein a “terrific guy” but said in Washington on July 9 that he had a “falling out” with Epstein and had not spoken to him in around 15 years. Trump also said he’d look into Acosta’s role in the plea deal.
Epstein also donated money to Del. Stacey Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands. Epstein owns an island there.
Plaskett’s team initially said she likely would not return the money but she said she would on July 9, reported CNBC.
“In light of new information and allegations that have been made against Jeffrey Epstein I have decided to make contributions to Virgin Islands organizations that work with women and children in the amount of his previous contributions,” Plaskett said in a statement July 9.
“My litmus test for accepting campaign contributions has been based on whether the donor’s money was made legally or by ill-gotten means and that the contributor will not ask of me or my Congressional office for any special favors. All my contributions have passed that test. In this case however, I am uncomfortable having received money from someone who has been accused of these egregious actions multiple times.”
Plaskett was donating the funds to nonprofits as well. Epstein donated the money to her in 2016.
According to the Center for Responsible Politics, Epstein donated more than $139,000 to Democratic federal candidates and committees from 1989 up until 2003. He also gave over $18,000 to Republican committees and candidates.
Former president Bill Clinton, ex-Sen. and Secretary of State John Kerry (D-Mass.), and former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) were among the politicians receiving money from Epstein.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) received $1,000 from Epstein in 2003 but returned it in 2006 after the allegations against Epstein came to light. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did the same after receiving $10,000 from Epstein in 2018.
Alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein will agree to give up names of individuals who took part in the trafficking ring he’s charged with running—in exchange for a substantially lower sentence, according to a report by broadcast channel One America News Network (OANN).
“Epstein’s lawyer has already made a proffer to SDNY,” OANN host Jack Posobiec said in a July 8 Twitter post. SDNY refers to the Southern District of New York.
“Epstein will agree to cooperate with the investigation, including giving up the names of individuals that paid for activities with underage girls in exchange for a maximum sentence not to exceed 5 years,” he continued, without indicating where he got the information.
A two-count indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors on July 8 charged the 66-year-old billionaire financier with sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Epstein allegedly sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations.
The charges carry with them a maximum sentence of 45 years in jail. At Epstein’s age, the charges are tantamount to “a life sentence,” Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a press conference.
SCOOP: Epstein's lawyer has already made a proffer to SDNY. Epstein will agree to cooperate with the investigation, including giving up the names of individuals that paid for activities with underage girls in exchange for a maximum sentence not to exceed 5 years - @OANN
The 14-page unsealed indictment didn’t name any of the “employees and associates” who facilitated Epstein’s conduct by contacting and scheduling the victims’ sexual encounters with him.
Between 2002 and 2005, Epstein “enticed and recruited” minor girls in New York and Florida to engage in sex acts, after which he would pay the victims hundreds of dollars in cash, court records stated.
Epstein has connections to numerous high-profile people, including former President Bill Clinton, the UK’s Prince Andrew, actor Kevin Spacey, and director Woody Allen. Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet, infamously dubbed the “Lolita Express,” at least 26 times, according to records obtained by Fox News in 2016.
A July 8 statement from Clinton’s press secretary, Angel Ureña, said Clinton only “took a total of four trips” on the jet. The statement also said Clinton “knows nothing about the terrible crimes” Epstein allegedly committed, and that he had “not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade.”
At an appearance in a Manhattan federal court on July 8, Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges. A federal judge ordered him to remain in jail until a subsequent bail hearing scheduled for July 11.
At the SDNY press conference, Berman confirmed previous reports that said Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on July 6, after his private plane had landed from France.
Berman also said his office isn’t bound by a previous plea deal in which Epstein was sentenced to 13 months in prison in 2008; he said that deal only binds the Southern District of Florida. The previous deal is currently being challenged in a Florida federal court.
Bill Sweeney, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said at the press conference that children who are victims are still traumatized by abuse long after it occurs.
“I stand among many who make it our mission to put predators behind bars, where they belong, regardless of the predator’s power, wealth, or perceived connections,” Sweeney said.
Ann Coulter: Jeffrey Epstein May Have ‘Blackmail Material’ on Elites with ‘Cameras All over His Mansions’
Jeffrey Epstein may have “blackmail material” related to “the sexual proclivities” of “powerful men,” speculated Ann Coulter during a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour and special guest host John Hayward.
“He seems to have blackmail material,” said Coulter. “There are cameras all over his mansions. He asks the girls to come to him and report on the sexual proclivities of all these powerful men, so, you know, you can see why I despair of him ever being brought to justice.”
“There were a lot of really powerful men — businessmen and Hollywood figures — that spent time [with Jeffrey Epstein],” noted Mansour.
Coulter replied, “And international leaders and politicians, that’s why I think the biggest question is: Who is funding all this? It seems — I’m not saying that this is true … one of my theories was that [Jeffrey Epstein] was like the concierge for the underage sex ring, and rich men would pay him to go to Orgy Island or down to Palm Beach or New York … and he’d arrange [sexual liaisons] and they’d pay him to have all these places. He was just like the concierge of these places, getting the girls there.”
Coulter continued, “But I don’t think there are that many billionaires who have this particular weird sexual fetish. This isn’t normal. So you need both, hundreds of millions of dollars, a weird sexual fetish, and you’re willing to pay Jeffrey Epstein, so it does make you think that there could be a state sponsor behind this. Again, I don’t think it’s Russia, but let’s say it is to keep the left interested.”
Former Palm Beach State Attorney Barry Krischer, a Democrat, opted against charging Jeffrey Epstein after local authorities delivered evidence to him, explained Coulter.
“The [Palm Beach] police have this beautiful case wrapped up in a bow, deliver it to the state prosecutor because everything that the girls were describing [and] everything the police were investigating is, in fact, a state crime,” said Coulter. “You may wonder how a federal prosecutor — U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta — comes into this, at all. Well, that’s because the state prosecutor, a big Democrat who had spent three years pursuing Rush Limbaugh for back medication — his name is Barry Krischer — he is the true villain of this case, and it is interesting to me how he has been completely dropped out of the case by the media, including in stories … from the New York Times and the Daily Beast.”
Coulter went on, “Barry Krischer gets this case, refuses to arrest Epstein [and] refuses to bring charges. He pulls this totally sleazy move so that he can say, ‘Oh, no. It wasn’t my decision. It was the grand jury.’ In Florida, typically, a prosecutor will only go to a grand jury for a capital case, but this was Krischer’s — he did this in other cases, too — sleazy way of getting out of not bringing charges, at all.”
Coulter continued, “Nobody knows what happens in a grand jury room except the prosecutor, [as] he’s presenting the evidence … Despite all this evidence, the grand jury returns only a single count against Epstein for solicitation of prostitution; nothing about minors, nothing about lewd and lascivious contacts, absolutely no prison time, whatsoever, just, ‘Okay, you’re sentenced to probation,’ which, by the way, as we know in Epstein’s case meant absolutely nothing.”
Ostensibly non-partisan and politically objective news media outlets are now deceptively attempting to link Epstein to President Donald Trump after years of avoiding developments related to Epstein, highlighted Coulter.
“Yeah, they can all get on their high horses, now, but wow, it’s been 14 years, and we didn’t hear a peep out of the media, and we didn’t hear a peep out of the Southern District [of New York] office,” remarked Coulter. “It’s only because they think they have this Trump connection, which is why, don’t tell anyone, I think that part of it is insane.”
Coulter remarked, “If you wanted to turn this into a partisan issue, this is definitely more of a Democrat scandal than a Republican scandal, But I just wouldn’t, personally, pitch it in those terms, at all. It’s monstrous behavior, there’s some guilt on both sides, but it is just the establishment and the elites allowing the least among us to be really horribly abused and pushed under the rug, just as … with the grooming gangs [in the U.K.].”
Coulter rejected claims of Epstein’s wealth originating from legitimate investments.
“The question hanging out there that the media keeps blowing over: Well, where does his money come from?” asked Coulter. “Can we get to the bottom of that? Because wherever the money comes from, it’s already shut down two prosecutions, and I’m not that confident that a year from now anybody is going to know his name and he won’t be back in Palm Beach on Lolita Island. Apparently there’s a lot of money behind this guy, and we don’t know where it’s coming from. The one thing everyone agrees on is, it doesn’t come from what he claims it comes from — ‘Oh, I’m just a very good investor’ — that’s b.s.”
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