Just one day after Sen. Chuck Schumer called for the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, citing the latter’s alleged mishandling of the Jeffrey Epstein case, the New York Post revealed Schumer accepted thousands of dollars in donations from the convicted sex offender.
Epstein made seven donations to Schumer, in the amount of $1,000 each, from 1992 to 1997, according to Federal Election Commission records. Schumer received the campaign cash when he was a U.S. congressman and when he ran for state senate.
In October of 1998, Victory in New York, a fundraising committee founded by Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Epstein. That same month, Epstein donated $5,000 to Win New York, a “Schumer-associated” committee for the Liberal Party of New York.
“Schumer and Schumer-linked entities” received a grand-total of $22,000 from Epstein, the Post reported.
A spokesman for Schumer told the Post that the top Senate Democrat would be “donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "Acosta chose to let [Epstein] off easy. This is not acceptable. We cannot have as one of the leading appointed officials in America, someone who has done this, plain and simple." https://t.co/5xPRDHls00 pic.twitter.com/3K0rAth2bd
— The Hill (@thehill) July 9, 2019
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal has been dominating headlines
Epstein was arrested on Saturday, and he pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that, between 2002 and 2005, he sexually abused dozens of girls as young as 14 at his mansions in New York and Palm Beach. Soon thereafter, it was revealed that agents discovered an “extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls” during a weekend search of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
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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