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16 July 2019

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John Minehan

I assume the two go hand and hand and that there is a further motivation of avoiding liability.

Flavius

Of course the DoJ knew about the Acosta deal. The question is what other Agencies, to include the WH, had oars in the water.
With Epstein getting remanded today, it should not be long before the case begins to develop. While the MCC where he is being held should be relatively safe, Federal Penitentiaries can be dangerous places for celebrity sex offenders and protective custody on the inside, effectively isolation, can be close to torture - especially for a sybarite like Epstein. Epstein has been very much incentivized. The more fertile his imagination, the more incentivized he will be.
The problem with witnesses like Epstein is that a) because their own behavior has been so vile and b) their penal exposure is so significant, they will c) tell you whatever it takes, true, false, or embellished to reduce b). Corroboration is the name of the game. Let's hope he can produce it.

Jack

If there's any serious investigation it will be a blockbuster parade of the depraved.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-case-grows-more-grotesque

Walrus

wherever Epstein is sent his lawyer needs to promise big bubba $5 million if Epstein is left alone..

Procopius
Many things are disposed of by plea Bargaining.
I believe something like 93% of all criminal charges are disposed of by plea bargan rather than trial. I think we need some way to reduce the power of prosecutors to accept plea bargains, in order to create incentives against the current overly aggressive prosecuting that has ramped up since 1972. That seems to be the bigger cause of the U.S. becoming the Carceral State. It seems to be more significant even than Joe Biden's Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
Cee

Walrus,

Yes, they'll blame a prisoner because we know they hate pedophiles and the story will end. His handler Ghislaine Maxwell isn't even being charged.

Procopius

Minor quibble -- Bill Clinton is not a leftist.

anon

The media would be advised to tread carefully as this could turn out to be a carefully constructed hoax.Especially if Epstein has records of all transactions.The franklin scandal on steroids could do a lot of damage to the media.

blue peacock

As many have speculated that Epstein ran a honeytrap here's another story from someone that visited his pad.

https://ericmargolis.com/2019/07/the-honey-trap-on-e-71st/

Soon after I walked into the entrance of Epstein’s mansion on E 71st Street, said to be the city’s largest private home, a butler asked me, ‘would you like an intimate massage, sir, by a pretty young girl?’ This offer seemed so out of place and weird to me that I swiftly declined.

More important than indelicacy, as an old observer of intelligence affairs, to me this offer reeked of ye old honey trap, a tactic to ensnare and blackmail people that was old when Babylon was young. A discreet room with massage table, lubricants and, no doubt, cameras stood ready off the main lobby.

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