Following the Saturday evening arrest of politically connected billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking underage victims, Christine Pelosi warned that it is “quite likely that some of our faves are implicated” in Epstein’s case.
Unsealed court documents revealed 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 agents searching the Epstein’s New York mansion seized evidence, “including nude photographs of what appear to be underage girls.”
“This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice,” Pelosi, a Democratic National Committee official and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeted. “It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats.”
This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice. It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats. #WeSaidEnough #MeToo https://t.co/2mvskwQwW1
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) July 7, 2019
Former president Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump are just two of the high-profile figures known to have associated with the hedge-fund manager in the past.
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.”
In 2002, Trump, who has also reportedly flown on Epstein’s jet, told New York Magazine that the mysterious financier 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 added.
Bradley Edwards, an attorney for one of Epstein’s accusers, said in 2018 that Trump was particularly cooperative when Edwards was contacting individuals connected to Epstein in building his client’s case.
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.'”
Edwards added that Trump “gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information.”
Jeffrey Epstein and #MeToo
As Pelosi alluded to in her tweet, Epstein’s case has been viewed by some as an indictment on the sort of wealth and privilege protested by proponents of the #MeToo movement.
Police have been investigating Epstein’s conduct for more than a decade. A probable cause complaint urging Epstein be charged with unlawful sex with minors was filed by Palm Beach police in 2006. The complaint led a grand jury to indict him on solicitation of prostitution charges, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.
Epstein eventually agreed to plead guilty to two charges of felony prostitution that would see him serve 13 months of an 18-month prison term and register as a sex offender. He was also released to work in his office during the day for six days a week.
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