Kurtz: Trump, Clinton were Epstein pals, yet no justification they knew of crimes
‘MediaBuzz’ horde Howard Kurtz weighs in on a dangers of implicating others, like President Trump and former President Bill Clinton, in tie to Jeffrey Epstein’s purported crimes.
The Jeffrey Epstein box is appalling, distressing and officious nauseating.
How this outrageous tellurian being who preys on immature girls got off though a prolonged jail tenure a decade ago is a covenant to a rapist probity complement that favors a abounding and powerful.
Now that sovereign prosecutors in Manhattan have charged Epstein with sex trafficking, a whole disaster deserves each bit of coverage it’s getting. And that ramped adult after sovereign agents found hundreds, maybe thousands, of “sexually suggestive” photos of immature women and girls in a weekend raid on his 21,000-square-foot Manhattan mansion.
The 66-year-old Epstein “engaged in sex acts with a immature women during exposed massage sessions,” a New York Times says, “paying them hundreds of dollars in cash, prosecutors said. He also asked some of a girls to partisan other girls, many of whom prosecutors contend were underage, and paid them for bringing in new victims, a complaint said.”
Epstein pleaded not guilty in probity yesterday.
Prosecutors pronounced they were aided by stubborn stating in The Miami Herald.
While “the purported function shocks a conscience,” as U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said, we do have some questions about a media coverage.
What’s positively satisfactory diversion is to doubt a purpose of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who oversaw an absurdly diseased defence understanding with Epstein when he was a U.S. profession in Miami. In 2008, Acosta authorised Epstein to beg to a reduced assign that resulted in a 13-month jail term—in that he was authorised to leave for work 6 days a week.
And Acosta’s group didn’t even worry to forewarn a victims.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer demanded yesterday that Acosta resign.
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Partisan politics aside, his purpose in a box is so executive that it’s healthy for him to come underneath journalistic inspection (though a Senate reliable Acosta notwithstanding that role).
But after that, we corner dangerously into guilt-by-association territory.
Epstein had a series of rich friends, including Donald Trump.
That’s frequency shocking, given that Trump spent copiousness of time during his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago.
“I knew him like everybody else in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump told reporters yesterday. “He was a tie in Palm Beach. we had a descending out with him. … we was not a fan of his.”
He deflected questions about Acosta.
The press has dug adult a 2002 talk in that Trump told New York Magazine that Epstein was “a superb guy. It is even pronounced that he likes pleasing women as most as we do, and many of them are on a younger side.”
That’s annoying in light of what happened later. But there’s positively no justification that Trump knew Epstein was a pedophile. It’s an easy insinuation, given Trump’s story of womanizing and allegations of passionate nuisance and assault, that he’s denied, yet an astray one.
And a same goes for another Epstein pal, Bill Clinton, who flew around on Epstein’s jet. A orator pronounced he “knows zero about a terrible crimes” that Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida or is now charged with in New York.
The matter sum Clinton’s encounters with Epstein, including 4 flights abroad in 2002 and 2003 when a former boss was accompanied by Clinton Foundation staff and his Secret Service detail.
Rumors have swirled for years about Epstein and Clinton, who apparently has his possess story of passionate scandals. But as with Trump, there’s no justification that Clinton knew of a underage girls.
All this is reminiscent, in a way, of another monster, Harvey Weinstein, once impossibly well-connected in Hollywood, New York and via a party and domestic world. Before a open knew that Weinstein had intimately harassed, threatened and slept with many actresses and others, he was a big-time Democratic donor who gave income to, among others, Hillary Clinton.
This was embarrassing, to be sure, yet a politicians apparently didn’t know about Weinstein’s dim side, and scrambled to stretch themselves.
If any justification emerges that Epstein’s domestic pals or fat-cat buddies knew of his rapacious behavior, I’ll be a initial to reject them.
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But for now, a media should concentration their snub on Epstein himself– and a probity complement that, until now, let him off a hook.