‘He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade…’
(Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News) Former President Bill Clinton was completely unaware of Jeffrey Epstein’s “terrible crimes” and hasn’t spoken to the ultrawealthy sex offender in “well over a decade,” his spokesman said in a statement Monday.
Angel Urena, Clinton’s personal press secretary, issued the statement hours after Epstein was indicted in federal court in Manhattan on charges that he ran a sex trafficking ring and paid off girls as young as 14 to abuse them between 2002 and 2005.
“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,” Urena said, referencing the lenient sex offender plea deal that federal prosecutors in the Sunshine State gave Epstein in 2007.
Epstein hobnobbed with Clinton and other high-profile people at the time of his alleged crimes, including President Donald Trump.
The Monday indictment prompted instant speculation about what the multimillionaire Epstein may give up on his former pals.
Urena told the New York Daily News that he issued the statement in response to “inaccurate” claims about Clinton that were made on TV and social media that included allegations that the former president had been on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
“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,” Urena said, adding Clinton was joined by a Secret Service detail on all flights.
“He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail,” Urena wrote. “He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
According to Fox News, court documents showed Clinton “took at least 26 trips flying aboard Epstein’s private jet, known as the ‘Lolita Express,’ and apparently ditched his Secret Service detail on some of the excursions.”
“Clinton’s presence aboard…Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names,” Fox News reported in May 2016. “The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.”
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