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(Trump was friendly with Epstein 15 years ago &mdash; before banning him from Mar-a-Lago for life after he hit on a young girl working there.)</p>\n<p> THE MAIN hook is: Trump&rsquo;s Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, accepted a disreputable plea deal with Epstein while serving as a U.S. attorney under President Bush. If fixating on Acosta is what it takes to keep this case from being brushed under the rug (again), then I guess you can have him.<br />\n But just between us, Acosta&rsquo;s not the real villain.<br />\n It&rsquo;s easy to forget, but Epstein&rsquo;s arrest this week marks the third attempted prosecution of him for sex with underage girls.<br />\n It&rsquo;s certainly been easy for the media to forget! In the New York Times&rsquo; version of events &mdash; and that of every other news outlet &mdash; the Palm Beach police discovered Epstein was paying minor girls from West Palm Beach for sex ... and then took the case straight to the FBI!<br />\n That seems odd: Why wouldn&rsquo;t police bring their case to the local prosecutor, who was overseeing the investigation and issuing subpoenas?<br />\n Because they did.<br />\n Unfortunately, the local prosecutor in this case was a sleazebag, activist Democrat named Barry Krischer.<br />\n When Krischer, then Palm Beach state attorney, found out the target was Epstein, a big Democratic donor, he refused to prosecute. It was only because of Krischer&rsquo;s active obstruction of the case that the Palm Beach chief of police, Michael Reiter, begged the FBI to intervene.<br />\n Acosta may have buckled in the end, but at the time, he was a knight in shining armor rushing in after Krischer killed the case.<br />\n Pretty much everything we know about Epstein&rsquo;s (alleged) molestation of minors is known because of the original 11-month investigation by the Palm Beach police, tied up in a bow and handed to Krischer in 2006.<br />\n The police had sworn statements from dozens of witnesses, including five underage girls who said they&rsquo;d been paid to engage in sex acts with Epstein, as well as statements from 17 other witnesses.<br />\n One of Epstein&rsquo;s procurers, 20-year-old Haley Robson, told the police she had first met Epstein when she was 17 years old &mdash; 18 is the age of consent in Florida &mdash; and he paid her to give him a naked massage, whereupon he sexually assaulted her.<br />\n Robson said she&rsquo;d brought at least six minor girls to Epstein, and they&rsquo;d been paid $200 to $1,000 apiece for naked massages and sex acts. &ldquo;The more you do, the more you get paid,&rdquo; one of Epstein&rsquo;s assistants told a girl in a phone call tape-recorded by the police.<br />\n Combing through Epstein&rsquo;s garbage, the police found papers with names and phone numbers, sex toys and thong panties. They found phone messages from girls saying they couldn&rsquo;t come over because of &ldquo;soccer practice,&rdquo; and offering to come over &ldquo;Monday after school.&rdquo;<br />\n The girls cried as they told police of their repulsion at Epstein&rsquo;s &ldquo;egg-shaped penis,&rdquo; how they averted their eyes and kept watching the clock, waiting for it to be over, so they could get paid and leave.<br />\n Chief Reiter presented all this to Barry Krischer in early 2006, along with a probable cause affidavit charging Epstein and two of his assistants with multiple counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor.</p>\n<p> ACCORDING TO Chief Reiter&rsquo;s sworn testimony, during the investigation, he routinely updated Krischer, without mentioning Epstein&rsquo;s name. Krischer was gung-ho about the case, saying: &ldquo;This is somebody we have to stop.&rdquo;<br />\n But as soon as Krischer found out the perp was Jeffrey Epstein, his &ldquo;tone and tenor&rdquo; about the case &ldquo;changed completely.&rdquo; Why, the girls&rsquo; MySpace pages reference marijuana and alcohol use! I couldn&rsquo;t possibly take this case to a jury!<br />\n So instead of charging Epstein, Krischer took the highly unusual step of presenting the case to a grand jury (a trick Florida prosecutors use when they don&rsquo;t want an indictment, but want it to look like they tried).<br />\n I wasn&rsquo;t there for his presentation, but I get the feeling Barry just didn&rsquo;t have his heart in it. The jurors returned an indictment on only a single count, &ldquo;solicitation of prostitution&rdquo; &mdash; despite what I&rsquo;m sure was Krischer&rsquo;s very best effort!<br />\n Nothing about molestation of minors. Nothing about lewd and lascivious conduct with minors. And for his co-conspirators &mdash; nothing at all.<br />\n So what did Epstein get as his sentence? Probation. ... An actual slap on the wrist would have been harsher.<br />\n Three points:<br />\n 1) The case against Epstein is no stronger today than it was in 2006 &mdash; yet when the story broke, there was virtually zero national coverage. According to Nexis, throughout all of 2006, only a few news outlets outside of Palm Beach even mentioned the case. There was an opening segment on Fox News&rsquo; &ldquo;The O&rsquo;Reilly Factor,&rdquo; a few items in the New York Post and Florida papers, followed months later by a Page-19 story in the Times.<br />\n Instead of getting on their high horses about Acosta, maybe the media should look at themselves.<br />\n 2) The deal Acosta&rsquo;s office struck with Epstein required him to plead guilty to state crimes &mdash; no federal offenses at all. Why? Because sex with underage girls is a state crime, but the state attorney refused to prosecute. Acosta came in like Elliot Ness trying to get Al Capone on a tax charge. Then he blew it. Fine, I agree.<br />\n But how on earth has Krischer emerged smelling like a rose? He&rsquo;s the one who engineered the main cover-up! According to Chief Reiter, Krischer seemed to be protecting Epstein. Are Epstein&rsquo;s powerful friends rewarding him with a cloak of invisibility?<br />\n 3) Without Acosta stepping in to at least try to clean up after Krischer, Epstein never would have served a single day in jail. (Inasmuch as Epstein pleaded to state crimes, the ridiculously lenient terms of his confinement &mdash; endlessly cited in the press &mdash; were the purview of local authorities and completely out of Acosta&rsquo;s hands.)<br />\n He never would have had to register as a sex offender.<br />\n He never would have been required to pay the victims a cent in restitution.<br />\n Yet Acosta is treated as the only villain in this case. Where is Krischer?<br />\n He&rsquo;s still a member in good standing of the Florida bar. Last December, Krischer was honored by the Anti-Defamation League for making &ldquo;an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to the community at large, while exemplifying the principles upon which [the ADL] was founded.&rdquo; (By the way, Barry, a belated mazel tov!)<br />\n Based on this history, I have to assume the SDNY will take a dive, too, and will be showered with awards for doing so.</p>\n<p> BUT JUST so you know, that isn&rsquo;t the whole story.</p>\n', created = 1576418925, expire = 1576505325, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:af7865343744bc4db2d4af079156454a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Get Acosta! But get the right guy too

JEFFREY EPSTEIN: July 10, 2019

 

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