This could be the beginning of something big. Potentially very big:
“On July 6, 2019, Jeffery Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on sex trafficking charges. According to witnesses and sources, about a dozen FBI agents broke down the door to Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse, the Herbert N. Straus House, with search warrants.
Two days later, prosecutors with the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York charged him with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. Court documents allege that at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epstein’s mansion for sexual encounters.
Judge Kenneth Marra is currently deciding whether the non-prosecution agreement that protected Epstein from the more serious charges should still stand.”
Epstein is linked to some very big names. That’s what makes this potentially the story of the decade. It’s not merely the fact that Epstein himself was busted, but the possibility that Epstein might be the tip of the iceberg.
But who is Jeffery Epstein, billionaire pedophile?
You probably already know Epstein’s name from his connections to Bill Clinton, which surfaced in early 2015 after it was revealed that the former US President flew on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” plane numerous times, with Clinton on multiple occasions dismissing his Secret Service detail without explanation before hopping on-board. Gawker, 1/22/2015:
“Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the ” Lolita Express“—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages,” according to flight logbooks obtained by Gawker and published today for the first time. The logs also show that Clinton shared more than a dozen flights with a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a “potential co-conspirator” in his crimes.”
Clinton, for his part, just released a statement claiming that he only took four trips on Epstein’s plane, knows nothing about any of the sex crimes Epstein has been charged with, and has not spoken to Epstein in “well over a decade”:
In 2016, however, Fox News reported that flight logs showed at least 26 flights taken by Clinton on the Lolita Express.
And the Clintons were tight with Epstein and his inner circle within the past decade. Here’s a photo of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and rumored procurer of underage girls, at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010:
Of course, we all know Bill Clinton would never lie, especially not about sex.
But outside of Epstein’s connections to Bill Clinton, who is Epstein? He’s often referred to as a “billionaire and convicted sex-offender.”
Conservative news outlets moreso than “mainstream media” ones will also refer to the fact that Epstein is a major Democratic donor who has given more than $145,000 to prominent Democrats like Bill Clinton and John Kerry.
But little about the 66-year-old Epstein’s past, i.e. his career, is well-documented. This is all Wikipedia has under the “career” section on his page:
“Epstein taught calculus and physics at the Dalton School in Manhattan from 1973 to 1975. In 1976, Epstein started work as an options trader at Bear Stearns, where he worked in the special products division, advising high-net-worth clients on tax strategies. Proving successful in his financial career, Epstein became a limited partner at Bear Stearns in 1980.
In 1982, Epstein founded his own financial management firm, J. Epstein & Co., managing the assets of clients with more than US$1 billion in net worth. In 1996, Epstein changed the name of his firm to the Financial Trust Company and, for tax advantages, based it on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Epstein was a math teacher at a high school in New York City (I know what you’re thinking and you’re probably right), then somehow became an options trader, then somehow by 1982 he had enough money to open his own billion-dollar hedge fund for ultra high net-worth individuals. No details on how he made his billions.
What’s become apparent in the past few days is that nobody really knows how Epstein even became a billionaire in the first place. From Bloomberg, July 8:
“For all [Epstein’s] infamy, there are scant details of how he made his money. While he’s frequently been called a billionaire, his net worth is hard to ascertain. He ran a money management firm catering to the ultra-rich, primarily for Victoria’s Secret mogul Les Wexner, but its assets were never made public and few on Wall Street have dealt with him as a financier or money manager.”
Hmmm. Normally we know more about famous billionaire hedge-fund managers, for example guys like Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, Bill Ackman, Dan Loeb, etc. Look up any of those guys on Wikipedia and there is detailed information on exactly how they made their money and progressed through their careers. But that’s not the case with Epstein:
“According to his lawyers more than a decade ago, he had a net worth in excess of nine figures. Today, so little is known about Epstein’s current business or clients that the only things that can be valued with any certainty are his properties. The Manhattan mansion is estimated to be worth at least $77 million, according to a federal document submitted in advance of Epstein’s bail hearing.
He also has properties in New Mexico, Paris and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he has a private island, and a Palm Beach estate with an assessed value of more than $12 million. He shuttles between them by private jet and has at least 15 cars, including seven Chevrolet Suburbans, according to federal authorities.”
Epstein’s wealth is mostly shrouded in mystery.
From reading his Wikipedia page, you come away with the assumption that he made a lot of money as a successful trader for Bear Stearns and used that money, along with the connections he’d gained, to open his hedge fund. But apparently he was fired by Bear Stearns in the early 80s. This is from a recent Daily Beast article written by Vicky Ward, a journalist who published a profile of Epstein back in 2003:
“Epstein, a mysterious Gatsby-esque financier whom I’d been assigned to write about by my then-boss Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, had first caught the attention of the press when he had flown Bill Clinton on his jet to Africa. No one knew who he was or understood how he’d made his money.
. . .My investigation began to take on unexpected twists. After a bit of digging I found myself not in some plush office setting but going through the metal detectors inside the Federal Medical Center at Devens prison in Massachusetts, where I met with one Steve Hoffenberg, a fraudster who’d been convicted of bilking investors of more than $450 million in one of the largest pre-Madoff Ponzi schemes in history. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Hoffenberg told me that he’d met Epstein shortly after Epstein had been kicked out of Bear Stearns in 1981 for “getting into trouble” and that Hoffenberg had seen charm and talent in him —“he has a way of getting under your skin”—and had hired him as a “consultant” to work with.
Hoffenberg, officially, ran Towers Financial, a collection agency that was supposed to buy debts that people owed to hospitals, banks, and phone companies, but instead the funds paid off earlier investors and subsidized his own lavish lifestyle. Hoffenberg told me had he had been Epstein’s mentor and that Epstein had made a terrible mistake in doing something so high-profile as flying Bill Clinton, since that would only draw a spotlight to his business dealings. “I always told him to stay below the radar,” he said.
Aware that I was listening to a convicted felon who had lied under oath—he was, after all, sitting before me in an orange jumpsuit—I left the jail determined to get more concrete proof about the source of Epstein’s finances. Slowly, I got there.
It took many meetings of the type you see in the movies. There I was, with my growing belly, in the backs of people’s chauffeured-driven cars, in out-of-the way hotel bars—and finally, in my sixth month, when my doctor had begun to look dismayed and told me to take it easy, a train ride to a law firm in Philadelphia, where I and a research assistant were shown a room full of boxes with legal files, and the man who brought us there whispered, “Good luck!”
Luck did shine upon me that day. I opened the first box, and there was Epstein’s deposition in a civil case explaining in his own testimony that he had indeed been guilty of a “reg d violation” while at Bear Stearns and that he’d been asked to leave the investment firm; it was the nail in the coffin I needed.
I had discovered many other concrete, irrefutable examples of strange business practices by Epstein, and while I still couldn’t tell you exactly what he did do to subsidize his lifestyle, my piece would certainly show that he was definitely not what he claimed to be. . .”
Epstein’s money probably didn’t come from Bear Stearns. He was fired there in 1981 for a “reg D violation,” which is a law put in place to limit the number of money transfers one can make out of savings or money market accounts.
What we do know is that Epstein was very close to Leslie Wexner, a billionaire clothing magnate who owns Victoria’s Secret. Epstein “managed” Wexner’s money, and eventually in 1998, Wexner gave–not sold–the $77 million Manhattan mansion to Epstein. Back to the Bloomberg piece:
“[Epstein’s] main client was Wexner, the founder of underwear maker L Brands. Epstein started managing his money in the 1980s and a 2003 Vanity Fair profile noted the pair had a close relationship, close enough for Epstein to acquire the Manhattan mansion from Wexner.
Wexner had purchased the property from the Birch Wathen School, a Manhattan prep school in 1989, according to city records. He sold it in 1998 to a Virgin Islands entity called NES LLC, according to a person familiar with the matter. Epstein is affiliated with NES, public records show.
There are no New York property records documenting a transfer until 2011, when the company that Wexner used to purchase the townhouse transferred it to Epstein’s Virgin Islands-based Maple Inc. for $0. Epstein signed for both sides of the transaction.”
I’m no expert on the matter, but it would appear that somehow, Epstein more or less forced Wexner to give him the mansion. People–even billionaires–don’t just give away $77 million dollar Upper East Side mansions. That’s not a normal thing.
The picture beginning to emerge is that Epstein is not, as he’s often described, a hedge fund manager but instead a professional blackmailer. He invites the rich and powerful to his big parties, gets them drunk, has them seduced by underage women, secretly films the sexual encounters, and then uses the tapes to blackmail his powerful “friends” for money and influence.
When federal agents raided Epstein’s NYC mansion late Saturday night, this is what they found:
“Finally, despite having been previously convicted of a sex offense involving an underage victim, the defendant has continued to maintain a vast trove of lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls in his Manhattan mansion. In a search of the New York Residence on the night of his arrest, July 6-7 2019, pursuant to judicially-authorized warrants, law enforcement officers discovered not only specific evidence consistent with victim recollections of the inside of the mansion, further strengthening the evidence of the conduct charged in the Indictment, but also at least hundreds–and perhaps thousands–of sexually suggestive photographs of fully or partially -nude females. While these items were only seized this weekend and are still being reviewed, some of the nude photographs appear to be of underage girls. . .”
This is the kicker:
“Additionally, some of the photographs referenced herein were discovered in a locked safe, in which law enforcement officers also found CDs with hand-written labels including the following: “Young [name] + [name],” Misc nudes 1,” and “girl pics nude.”
Why were some nude photos in a locked safe and some not? The obvious guess is that the most valuable blackmail tapes were in the locked safe. The blackmail is implied by the CDs labeled “Young [name] + [name],” indicating that Epstein kept photo and/or video evidence of young women performing sexual acts on other people. For example, “Young [girl’s name] + Bill Clinton.”
Who else might Epstein have been blackmailing? It’s anyone’s guess, but we already know he’s a got a history with names as big as Bill Clinton, meaning there are likely very big names on those CDs. The New York Times reported that inside of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion are photographs of him with Clinton, Woody Allen and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Is it a stretch to say any or all of those names might appear on the CDs recovered from Epstein’s locked vault?
Law enforcement already has these CDs in their possession. They already know the names on all of Epstein’s CDs. Hopefully all the names will be public soon.
This is why I said the Epstein arrest has the potential to be the story of the decade. This is not just hyperbole. Epstein may well be the key to uncovering an elite ring of pedophiles from around the world. Whatever dirt Epstein has on the global elite, law enforcement now has. This could be the start of something very big.
Now, of course, prosecutors have a very long and difficult battle ahead of them. The Globalist Elite will not simply stand there and allow this to unfold naturally.
There will be pressure on prosecutors from very high places, and at every step of the way, to bury this case and let Epstein skate to ensure he doesn’t rat out all the other Elite Pedophiles and bring the whole system down with him.
The likelihood of the whole Elite Pedophile Ring being brought down and exposed is very low, and that’s because corruption is very high.
We already see Wikipedia on the case to bring its site into alignment with Bill Clinton’s Official Story On The Matter™, scrubbing away all Clinton connections to Epstein while making it seem as if President Trump is a close friend of Epstein’s:
The original Wikipedia entry noted that Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s private jet 26 times. The “updated” version deletes all mention of Bill Clinton entirely, while mentioning that “Epstein has attended parties with numerous celebrities including Donald Trump. . .”
However, the truth is that Epstein and Trump are not pals:
“President Donald Trump reacted Tuesday to the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, stating he is “not a fan” of the hedge fund manager after a “falling out” 15 years ago.
“I know him, just like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,” President Trump told reporters in the Oval Office with the Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. “People in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach.”
“I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” he added. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan. I was not a fan of his. That I can tell you. I was not a fan.”
President Trump’s remarks come one day after the Southern District of New York unveiled sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against Epstein, who federal prosecutors alleged engaged in sexual acts with dozens of underage girls — some as young as 14 years old — at his residences in New York City, Florida, New Mexico, and his private Carribean island. Prosecutors said the incidents occurred between 2002 and 2005.
In 2002, President Trump had kind words for Epstein, calling him a “terrific guy” and “fun to be with.” The years-old quote has been repeatedly circulated by corporate media in an attempt to tie the president to Epstein’s alleged criminal behavior without any evidence.
Buried amid these efforts to link the two men, however, an attorney who represents numerous Epstein accusers has said President Trump assisted authorities in building a civil lawsuit against the well-connected investor.
“The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk,” Lawyer Bradley Edwards told New York magazine. “I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.”
Edwards has also said President Trump barred Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago resort “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents.”
So Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago precisely because Epstein was a known pedophile. This was back in 2007.
The Trump connection, however, is said to be through Trump’s current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was apparently extremely lenient on Epstein in 2008 while Acosta was the Bush Administration’s top federal prosecutor in South Florida. Via Sharyl Attkisson:
“The story starts in October of 2007 with a meeting between Epstein attorney Jay Lefkowitz and Miami’s top federal prosecutor at the time: Alexander Acosta.
Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life. But on the morning of the breakfast meeting, a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.
Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.
The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.
As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it…”
Was Acosta directly blackmailed into letting Epstein skate? Or was Acosta merely pressured into doing so from high-powered people above him who were blackmailed by Epstein?
It’s impossible to say at the moment, but I do hope we get to the bottom of the matter regarding why Acosta was so lenient with Epstein despite having him dead to rights.
But it’s quite ridiculous to say Trump’s appointment of Acosta to the Labor Secretary position had anything to do with Acosta’s questionable deal with Epstein. Remember, Trump’s original choice for Labor Secretary back in January 2017 was Andrew Pudzer, the former CEO of Hardee’s. Trump only nominated Acosta after Pudzer withdrew his nomination in the face of Senate opposition.
I’m fairly certain Donald Trump did not know much about Alex Acosta until the Establishment Republicans that had already infiltrated his White House–and those ostensible Republican allies in the Senate who were no doubt “advising” him on his Cabinet nominations–suggested Acosta to him following Pudzer’s withdrawal.
I bring up this point all the time but it’s quite obvious that many of Trump’s appointees and nominees for various White House jobs, Cabinet spots and judicial nominations were not chosen by Trump but by the career Swamp Rats Trump often has no choice but to defer to when it comes to staffing his administration. Trump is a total political outsider, which means unfortunately he often has to defer to the careerists when it comes to filling out the dozens of positions and offices that make up the government. Remember, many of these nominees have to be confirmed by the Senate, and that means Trump is not free to fill his administration up with people who think like he does.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Trump himself could not be confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. Not even a Republican-controlled Senate. But much to the Swamp’s dismay, it ultimately had no say in whether Trump was able to obtain power–that decision was made by the American people. However, the Swamp knows that if it can’t keep Trump out of government power (and we all know it has certainly tried), it can at least surround him with Swamp rats who will undermine his agenda.
Outside of a select few, don’t think of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries and top officials as “his people” that he would have chosen no matter what. Many of them were appointed because Trump either had defer to the “expertise” of Washington careerists to fill a position that as an outsider he knew little about, or he had to compromise to get someone approved by the Uniparty Establishment-controlled Senate. There are over 1,200 government positions that require Presidential nomination or appointment.
Think about if you were elected President and on Day One your aides come to you and say, “Mr. President, who are you going to choose to be the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment?” Out of necessity, you’re going to defer to the Washington careerists who have been around and know the agencies inside and out.
Just because Trump does not have a name in mind for all 1,200 positions he must fill does not make him “unqualified.” It means the government is too big.
No president in modern history has fully staffed his government single-handedly. They’ve all had to defer to others. The difference with Trump is that the people he has to defer to hate him and are spending every waking moment trying to undermine Trump’s agenda. Bush and Obama didn’t have to deal with that because they were on the same page as the Uniparty bureaucrats who worked for them.
Anyway, the point is, Trump probably did not even know who Alex Acosta was before he appointed him as Labor Secretary. Trump probably merely signed off on Acosta’s nomination after he was recommended by one of his various aides or careerist White House staffers such as his then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Again, Acosta was not Trump’s first choice for Labor Secretary. After Pudzer withdrew, Priebus probably came to Trump and said, “Mr. President, Alex Acosta would be a good pick for Labor Secretary. He’ll be able to get through the Senate.”
It’s utterly ridiculous to believe Trump chose Acosta because Acosta let Epstein skate. If anything, the fact that Trump nominated Acosta in the first place indicates Trump didn’t really know who Acosta was in 2017. By the time Acosta made his dirty deal with Epstein in 2008, Trump had already banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago. Had Trump known Acosta was the guy who let Epstein off the hook, Trump probably wouldn’t have nominated Acosta at all.
However, according to Ann Coulter, Acosta’s involvement and supposed collusion with Epstein is overblown:
“Strangely, the media have suddenly taken an intense interest in the case of pedophile and major Democratic donor Jeffrey Epstein.
In 2005, the Palm Beach police were told by the mother of a young girl in West Palm Beach that her daughter had been brought to the Democratic donor’s mansion and asked to have sex with him for money. This kicked off an intensive, one-year undercover investigation.
The police sifted through Epstein’s garbage and interviewed 17 witnesses, including the housemen, who told of sex toys and dildos left behind after the underage girls left. One of Epstein’s procurers, a 20-year-old local woman named Haley Robson, who was paid $200 for every teenaged girl she brought to Jeffrey, was cooperating with police, telling them she was like “Heidi Fleiss.” They obtained statements from five of Epstein’s young victims, who said they’d been paid $200 to $300 to engage in various sex acts with him. Police raided Epstein’s home, finding explicit photographs of teenaged girls, incriminating phone records — and one girl’s high school transcript.
But when the police chief brought this mountain of evidence to Palm Beach County’s Democratic prosecutor Barry Krischer, he punted, charging the Democrat child molester with only one count of soliciting prostitution — yes, the child victims were labeled “prostitutes” — and offered Epstein probation.
Perhaps Krischer was exhausted, having just spent three years hounding Rush Limbaugh for abusing back pain medication.
Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter exploded in rage. (Meanwhile, Epstein claimed to be the victim of an anti-Semitic conspiracy on Palm Beach.) Chief Reiter wrote an open letter to Krischer asking the Democrat to remove himself from the case. Then he turned to the Bush administration to seek justice against a Democratic donor/accused child rapist.
This is where Acosta comes in:
“Thanks to Chief Reiter, President Bush’s U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alex Acosta, did take the case, despite the fact that only Epstein’s child rapes on his plane, on his private island, or with girls brought across state lines would make it a federal case.”
So Acosta was from the get-go limited in how aggressively he could go after Epstein.
“As a result of the (Republican-led) federal investigation, Epstein was finally required to plead guilty to two state felony charges, accept a sentence of two years in prison, register as a sex offender, and pay restitution to his victims.
Inasmuch as Epstein was pleading guilty to a state charge, the matter of his confinement was out of the U.S. attorney’s hands. It was Democratic county prison officials — not the feds — who placed Epstein in a private wing of the county jail and allowed him to spend 12 hours a day, six days a week at his Palm Beach mansion throughout his 13-month “imprisonment.”
While the points Coulter brings up here might serve in your view to at least partially exonerate Acosta, I also stumbled across this interesting nugget in a Daily Beast piece published yesterday by Ward:
“Epstein’s name, I was told, had been raised by the Trump transition team when Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who’d infamously cut Epstein a non-prosecution plea deal back in 2007, was being interviewed for the job of labor secretary. The plea deal put a hard stop to a separate federal investigation of alleged sex crimes with minors and trafficking.
“Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” Acosta had been asked. Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)”
So the Trump transition team did ask Acosta about the Epstein case, and Acosta told them that higher-ups told him to “back off” of Epstein.
This is how our government truly operates. We’re beginning to learn the ugly truth as the curtain is slowly pulled back. The depth of the corruption becomes more apparent by the day.
Epstein may have only just become a household name in recent days, but it’s becoming quite apparent that Epstein has been a very big deal in elite circles for a long time.
The question is, who helped Jeffrey Epstein become the Jeffrey Epstein we know today? He didn’t just go from high school math teacher to highly connected billionaire “wealth manager” overnight by himself. He had some assistance on the way up.
Les Wexner? That’s a dead-end. Why would a clothing magnate fund and support the rise of a professional blackmailer. Why would a billionaire clothing magnate need a blackmailer to gain leverage over the global elite?
No, it’s more likely is that Wexner was being blackmailed by Epstein, not that Wexner was the man behind Epstein’s rise to power and fortune. Wexner was probably a victim of Epstein’s, not his puppet-master.
Hoffenberg? It’s possible, but Hoffenberg, who served 20 years in prison for various fraud schemes, comes off as more of a small-time player. In other words, he doesn’t seem like the man behind the scenes for Epstein. Epstein went on to become way bigger than Hoffenberg ever was.
Who are Epstein’s puppet-masters, then?
That’s the big question. Who does Epstein work for?
Another equally important question: why Epstein specifically? It’s self-evident why Epstein’s masters would want a professional blackmailer to extort the rich and powerful, but what’s not self-evident is why Epstein specifically?
We can guess at the general profile of Epstein’s masters: very rich and very powerful people who have an interest in blackmailing and controlling elite government officials in not only the US but around the world.
We’re talking about the most powerful people on earth.
What are their names? I have no idea. We can only hope they’re revealed eventually as investigators dig into Epstein’s life.