Commentators united in mocking Bill Clinton on Monday after the former president issued a statement in response to news that an associate, billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, is accused of exploiting underage girls.
Unsealed court documents revealed that Epstein, 66, was charged Monday with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, Deadline reported. Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said during a Monday press conference that federal agents searching the Epstein’s New York mansion seized evidence, “including nude photographs of what appear to be underage girls.”
A Clinton spokesperson professed the Democrat’s ignorance in a statement.
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement read. “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.”
Bill also did "not have sexual relations with that woman"
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) July 8, 2019
The statement was met with widespread skepticism, with several commenters pointing out that Clinton’s assertion that he took a “total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” appeared to contradict official Federal Aviation Administration flight logs.
Records obtained by Fox News in 2016 showed that Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s private jet, which the media has nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”
Some users noted that Clinton, who earned the sobriquet “Slick Willie” early in his political career for his facility for smooth talk, has never had a sterling reputation as a truth-teller.
It is a good thing Clinton has a reputation as a super honest teller of truth. https://t.co/kVM7QHexZL
— Sarah (@mamaswati) July 8, 2019
Many referenced Clinton’s infamous denial of a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998, which he was later forced to acknowledge.
In other words: "I did not engage in sexual improprieties arranged by that man…Mr. Epstein." Well, that basically addresses everything. I can't imagine why anyone could disbelieve such a complete explanation! Whew! https://t.co/1vby1yMYr2
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) July 8, 2019
Conservative commentator Stephen Miller found the mere issuing of the statement curious.
“A predenial seems like an awfully odd thing to do as he has not been officially implicated in anything,” Miller tweeted.
Bill Clinton: “FIDELIO!” pic.twitter.com/vPXdVvc8s1
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 8, 2019
Nor was Clinton spared from the censure of liberals, many of whom have lately turned on the president in light of the #MeToo movement and growing progressive wokeness.
Oh shit he’s really guilty. pic.twitter.com/hzNa9KFfWw
— kat calvin (@KatCalvinLA) July 9, 2019
Bill Clinton is just one of the high-profile figures known to have associated with Epstein
Police have been investigating Epstein’s conduct for more than a decade. In 2007, Alexander Acosta – then the top federal prosecutor in Miami – cut a plea deal that gave Epstein a light sentence. The new charges have led to calls for Acosta to resign as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary.
In 2002, Trump, who has also reportedly flown on Epstein’s jet, told New York Magazine that Epstein was a “terrific guy.”
“He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump said.
However, in 208, Bradley Edwards, an attorney for a number of Epstein’s accusers, credited Trump with being uniquely cooperative as he sought to build a case for his client. According to Edwards, Trump was “the only person who picked up the phone and said, ‘let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want.’”
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