• So Many Questions! At Least Seven of Them, Demanding Answers in the the Brewing Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

    Daily Surge Summary: There are pressing and unanswered questions with possible far reaching ramifications in the Jeffrey Epstein sex-scandal.

    Washington/political scandals can be so confusing, so byzantine, so exhausting – which is why I am grateful to National Review’s Jim Geraghty for laying out “Seven-to-ten burning questions about the ever-worsening Jeffrey Epstein scandal”.

    One: How did Jeffrey Epstein make his fortune in the first place? One claim is a massive Ponzi scheme.

    Mystery upon mysteries around this character, from his alleged “Lolita Express and “Pedophilia Island” to, seemingly, from whence he has derived his dizzying wealth. Unfortunately for him, it will all be receiving supremely enhanced scrutiny.

    Two: Could Epstein really have been connected to some sort of intelligence service?

    Labor secretary Alex Acosta offered a weird, vague, contradictory, meandering answer when asked about this. If Epstein was working for some sort of spy agency, which one?

    If so, why? Collecting blackmail on prominent figures? If so, who was being targeted? Or, none of the above?

    Three: Why did the office Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance try to keep Epstein from being registered as a top-level sex offender?

    One of Mr. Vance’s experienced sex-crimes prosecutors aggressively made the case in a courtroom that

    “Mr. Epstein, who had been convicted in Florida of soliciting an underage prostitute, should not be registered as a top-level sex offender in New York.”

    It was a brief the judge summarily shot down, professing:

    “I have to tell you, I’m a little overwhelmed because I have never seen a prosecutor’s office do anything like this.”

    Four: After Epstein was labeled a “Level 3 sex offender” — meaning the worst — Epstein was required by law to check in with the NYPD every 90 days.

    Eight years later he had yet to follow the mandate even one time. So – why no consequences?

    Five: How did his private island off Saint Thomas get the nickname “Pedophile Island” and how does a rumor like that not get law enforcement to start snooping around?

    And further to that, is it really plausible the former President Bill Clinton and – let’s be consistent here, fellow conservatives – the current White House occupant, both of whom had dealings with Epstein, had never heard about any of this? Nor any of the prominent Democrats to whom Epstein was a dependable contributor? Is this realistic in a town as gossipy and suspicious as DC? If they did know of it, what were any of them ever doing standing in the same room with him?

    Six: Bill Clinton’s public statement about his interactions with Epstein was laughably inaccurate, contracted by contemporaneous media accounts, never mind FAA flight logs.

    You’d expect the 42nd President and those surrounding him would be more than primed for these kinds of accusations, loaded up with persuasive, ready-to-serve rebuttals. That they seemingly were not is even more head-scratching than Joe Biden’s obvious ill-preparedness when Kamala Harris went after his busing record in last month’s Democratic primary debate.

    Seven: Doesn’t this paragraph … deep in a recent article of Vanity Fair seem to bury the lede, as they say in journalism?

    Pecker, he later told me, used to send him articles and issues before they were published so that he and Trump could read them. After the meeting Trump called in Sam Nunberg, then a Trump Organization employee, who saw Pecker leaving Trump’s office. “Michael was sitting in there when I came in, and the issue of the National Enquirer with the pictures of Prince Andrew was on his desk,” Nunberg recalled. “He said not to tell anyone, but that Pecker had just been there and had brought the issue with him. Trump said that Pecker had told him that the pictures of Clinton that Epstein had from his island were worse.” (Cohen, speaking by phone from the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, corroborated Nunberg’s version of the events, though he declined to add any additional information about the meeting.)

    So the National Inquirer has pictures of Bill Clinton with Epstein and the women he was using?

    If Trump knew about these photographs, why didn’t he at least leak or hype them during the 2016 campaign?

    And if Clinton really did nothing inappropriate in all of his interactions with Epstein, why didn’t Hillary Clinton’s campaign make a stink about Trump’s past friendship with Epstein, during a campaign where Trump’s unsavory treatment of women was a big issue?

    Legit and unsettling questions all.

    Hard to tell what the fall-out will be, but there are hints it could be huge – and maybe stretch beyond what so many are assuming.

    Image: Adapted from: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department [1][2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5616285

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