Earlier this month, after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on child sex trafficking charges, former President Bill Clinton put out a statement distancing himself from the wealthy financier.
But according to a new bombshell report, Clinton left out quite a bit regarding his relationship with Epstein.
A Clinton representative originally put out a statement that read: “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,” according to The Daily Wire.
“Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. 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. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,” the statement added.
Clinton did not say anything about his relationship with Epstein while he was in the Oval Office. But a report from The Daily Beast published Wednesday attempts to fill in some of those gaps.
“As early as 1993, records show, Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a donors’ reception hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton,” the report reads.
“Around the same time, according to a source familiar with the connection, Epstein visited presidential aide Mark Middleton several times at the White House. Two years later, businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote a personal letter to Clinton thanking him for their talk about the financier.”
The Daily Beast said it’s unclear “how Epstein entered Clinton’s orbit.” But enter it he did as early as the 1990s, the outlet reported.
“In late September of 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton hosted a reception for supporters who had contributed to recent White House renovations,” the report reads, citing documents in the Clinton Library.
“Guests for the event, according to the invitation list, included the journalist and philanthropist Barbara Goldsmith, heiress Jane Engelhard, political consultant Cynthia Friedman, and ‘Mr Jeffrey Epstein and Ms. Ghislaine Maxwell.'”
Maxwell, for those who don’t know, is rumored to have served as Epstein’s madam. Over the years, she’s also attended some of the same events as Clinton.
“Epstein and Maxwell do not appear on the ‘regret list,’ and there is a letter ‘A’ next to both of their names, indicating they planned to attend,” The Daily Beast reported. “A press release from the event, put out by Hillary Clinton’s office, lists Epstein as a White House Historical Association donor.”
“A letter from the following month reveals the extent of the financier’s generosity. Bernard R. Meyer, the executive vice president of the White House Historical Association, sent a note to Epstein’s Madison Avenue offices on Oct. 4, thanking him for his $10,000 contribution.”
The report also connected Epstein to Middleton, whom The Daily Beast described as “another shadowy figure in the Clinton administration.”
“A source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast, Middleton met with Epstein in the White House at least three times. It is unclear what they discussed, or for how long,” the report said.
That’s not all. “Jeffrey Epstein’s name shows up again in the Clinton Library archives in a letter dated April 27, 1995, from Lynn Forester to ‘President William T. Clinton,'” the report reads.
“Dear Mr. President: It was a pleasure to see you recently at Senator Kennedy’s house. There was too much to discuss and too little time. Using my fifteen seconds of access to discuss Jeffrey Epstein and currency stabilization, I neglected to talk to you about a topic near and dear to my heart. Namely, affirmative action and the future,” she reportedly wrote.
A Clinton representative, meanwhile, told The Daily Beast that 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.”
Clinton should be considered innocent until proven guilty. But The Daily Beast report, if accurate, shows he was not forthcoming in his original statement on Epstein.
This is not necessarily news. The Washington Examiner previously reported, citing flight manifest records, that Clinton took six trips, not four, on Epstein’s plane.
One thing is clear: None of this is a good look for the former president.
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