Accuracy in Media

Ever since news broke on Saturday that Jeffrey Epstein had been arrested for sex trafficking and other charges involving abuse of underage women the media has been trying to tie him to President Trump.

The Washington Post went with “Trump called Epstein a ‘terrific guy’ who enjoyed ‘younger’ women before denying relationship with him” by David Fahrenthold, Beth Reinhard and Kimberly Kindy.

Knowing Epstein was something to boast about when Trump talked to New York Magazine for a feature on Epstein in 2002 – “And Donald Trump did,” the Post wrote.

But now that Epstein has been arrested again and is “no longer a friend anyone would want to claim,” then “Trump doesn’t.” The paper noted that Alan Garten, an attorney for the Trump Organization, said Trump had “no relationship” with Epstein.

But even “outside of Trump’s own words, there is clear evidence that the two men – both members of the same high-flying societies in Manhattan and Palm Beach – socialized together in the past.”

There are pictures of them at celebrity functions. “Epstein’s voluminous personal address book … contained 14 phone numbers for Trump, his wife, Melania, and members of his staff, according to media reports.”

Yes, the “relationship, whatever it was, appears to have cooled by 2007,” when Trump reportedly banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago for attempting to abuse an underage girl who was a guest.

But Trump also named Alex Acosta to be secretary of labor, even though Acosta was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida when Epstein’s first case went through the courts and signed off on a deal in which Epstein served 13 months in jail and was allowed to work from his office 12 hours per day, six days per week.

And Mar-a-Lago employed Virginia Giuffre as a towel girl when she was “recruited” into Epstein’s sex scheme, according to her attorney. pointed out that Acosta is not the only Trump appointee with a connection to Epstein. Attorney General William Barr worked for a law firm that represented Epstein in his first trial and, although he had nothing to do with the case, is considering recusing himself. Also Barr’s father, the headmaster of a school, hired Epstein as a teacher decades ago.

It also said, quoting the Miami Herald reporter who has kept the story in the news, that Trump owned a modeling agency, just as Epstein did, that Epstein used his agency to bring in underage girls from overseas and that “There is a comment in one of the court files” – the Herald reporter does not say which and has not been asked – “where Epstein is quoted as saying, ‘I want to set up my modeling agency the same way Trump set up his modeling agency.’ I don’t know what that means, but it is curious he was trying to do something similar to Trump.”

It also dredged up the accusation that surfaced in 2016 that Trump had raped a 13-year-old girl in Epstein’s Manhattan residence. The girl claimed Trump attacked her at one of the many parties she attended at Epstein’s residence in 1994. The accuser dropped all charges “because of threats,” asserted.

At the end, mentions that Epstein also knows Bill Clinton but that Clinton has released a statement denying any involvement.

Some have wondered if Trump’s remarks about Epstein and younger women were a way of signaling to law enforcement to take a closer look.

Bradley Edwards, an attorney for women who sued Epstein over his alleged attacks, said in an interview this week that “The only thing I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person” who, when Edwards was subpoenaing or threatening to subpoena people in 2009, “who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know.

“He 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.”

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