Not proven of course, but the reports are certainly out there.
Understand also that there will be no political fix anymore. The MSM has been caught out on this and can not intervene, simply because they took the bait and told the story in an attempt to smear Trump. Now we see the real investigation pop up that has been underway for three years.
Eleven years after Jeffrey Epstein agreed to a once-secret plea deal, U.S. federal prosecutors took another run at putting Epstein behind bars on sex charges, accusing him Monday of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Epstein, arrested over the weekend, was brought to federal court in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, and pleaded not guilty to sex-trafficking charges.
He was ordered jailed at least until a bail hearing Thursday after prosecutors say Epstein, a registered sex offender, is a significant flight risk. They say he has three active U.S. passports and has frequently traveled in and out of the country on his private jet.
Epstein — a 66-year-old hedge fund manager who once hobnobbed with some of the world's most powerful people — was charged in an indictment unsealed Monday with sex trafficking and conspiracy and could get up to 45 years in prison.
A former U.S. federal prosecutor discusses the charges against Epstein:
"The alleged behaviour shocks the conscience," Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the district, said at a subsequent news conference.
Prosecutors said several alleged victims have come forward since Epstein's arrest. Epstein's lawyers argued the matter had been settled in a Florida case involving similar charges a decade ago.
Court documents unsealed in New York indicate Epstein is charged with creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit underage girls.
Dozens of girls were exploited, Bill Sweeney from the FBI New York office said, and the girls were allegedly paid hundreds of dollars per encounter.
At least two minors were sexually abused over a period of years, it is alleged. Both Berman and Sweeney encouraged other potential victims to contact authorities.
'Basically a life sentence'Berman said prosecutors would oppose his release on bail.
"He has enormous wealth. The charges are very serious and carry with them a maximum sentence of 45 years, which to someone of Epstein's age is basically a life sentence," Berman said, "so we think he has every incentive to try and flee the jurisdiction."
Prosecutors allege Epstein was aware many of the victims were under age, and he encouraged them to supply him with more girls.
"This allowed Epstein to create an ever-expanding web of new victims," said Berman.
Prosecutors said the evidence included a "vast trove" of hundreds or even thousands of lewd photographs of young women or girls, discovered in a search of his New York mansion after his arrest.
They plan to seek the forfeiture of his seven-storey, 21,000-square-foot townhouse less than a block from Central Park.
"He flew into the jurisdiction and so we arrested him," said Berman.
Epstein, whose friends have included U.S. President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz, was arrested Saturday at an airport near New York City after his private jet touched down from France.
"I urge you not to read anything into that one way or the other," he said.
Deal overseen by Trump cabinet member
Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances, although the White House said in February it was "looking into" his handling of it.
The deal, examined in detail in a series of reports in the Miami Herald, is being challenged in Florida Federal Court.