The procurer of young girls for the rich and famous – Jeffrey Epstein – has been arrested in New York. He had previously been convicted of similar crimes in Florida. In that case, he cut a deal with the state prosecutor and “served” a one year prison sentence. We put “served” in quotes because he was allowed out six of seven days of the week. In violation of federal law, the victims of Epstein’s crimes were not consulted prior to the plea deal. In addition, it wasn’t only Epstein who was let off the hook, the deal included dropping charges against all possible “co-conspirators”. The prosecutor in that case? Alex Acosta. Shortly after he cut that deal with Epstein, he was rewarded with an appointment as Trump’s Secretary of Labor. As such, Acosta is one of the very few top Trump appointees who hasn’t run afoul of his boss. Is the reason that Acosta protected Trump (among others) when he cut that deal with Epstein?
Consider, after all, what Trump is reported to having said: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Epstein evidently made a career as a procurer of young girls. According to a Daily Beast article, he started out as a mathematics school teacher. Luckily for his female students, he soon left that position to launch a career on Wall Street. A 2003 Vanity Fair article helps fill out the picture. The article describes his multi, multi-million dollar mansion, all tricked out with a super-sized front door and servants in white gloves. As the article writes: “In addition to the town house, Epstein lives in what is reputed to be the largest private dwelling in New Mexico, on an $18 million, 7,500-acre ranch which he named “Zorro.” “It makes the town house look like a shack,” Epstein has said. He also owns Little St. James, a 70-acre island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the main house is currently being renovated by Edward Tuttle, a designer of the Amanresorts. There is also a $6.8 million house in Palm Beach, Florida, and a fleet of aircraft: a Gulfstream IV, a helicopter, and a Boeing 727…” (The Boeing was the plane known as the “Lolita Express”).
Vanity Fair writes: ‘“The trading desks don’t seem to know him. It’s unusual for animals that big not to leave any footprints in the snow,” says a high-level investment manager.’ So where did Epstein get all this money?
The New York Times reports “In subsequent years, during civil court proceedings, witnesses have testified that hundreds of girls from around the world were brought to Mr. Epstein at different times.” Hundreds of girls from around the world. In other words, Epstein was not just some serial child abuser; as the charges state, he was involved in sex trafficking for profit.
One has to suspect that even when he was working on Wall St., his success was due more to being a procurer of young girls than financial wizardry. In any case, since then he’s been associated with Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, Casey Wasserman (grandson of Lew Wasserman)… and Trump. Don’t forget, it was Trump who commented about Epstein: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
And what now? At the very least, the spotlight is going to be shined on Alex Acosta. But as this ball of string unwinds, isn’t it likely that Epstein’s clients will be revealed more directly? And isn’t it likely that Trump was one of them? In fact, don’t others know this? An attorney for several of Epstein’s accusers, David Boies, commented:.“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible…”
Oaklandsocialist has pointed out many times the real basis of the capitalists’ crisis with Trump – that he’s been a money launderer for the Russian mafia capitalists for years. (See this article for example.) We’ve also pointed out that the US capitalists in general, and the Democratic Party, are very reluctant to touch this issue because money laundering for the drug cartels is rampant throughout the real estate industry. This means if they really go after Trump for this, it’s liable to open up a very dangerous can of worms for them.
So we have to ask: Is the arrest of Epstein an alternative means of going after Trump?