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Deny and Deniability
Author: BobR    Date: 07/10/2019 13:15:41

With the indictment and arrest of Jeffrey Epstein for child sex trafficking, it seems that a lot of rich, powerful, and well-connected people are feeling the heat. There are plenty of names to choose from, but considering one of them is the current occupant of the Oval Office, it's crucial that we look at this web of connections to see just how mafia-like they really are.

This requires looking back at Epsteins original sweet deal. He got off (no pun intended) with a very light sentence, thanks to wrangling by his lawyer Alan Derschowitz (who has also been accused of taking advantage of Epstein's underage harem). Prior to that 2006 arrangement, Epstein and tRump were bosom-buddies. An article in the NY Times details how tRump arranged a "VIP Party" for picking a calendar girl. Turns out that tRump and Epstein were the only two "guests" at the party:
It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald J. Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Fla. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein.

The year was 1992 and the event was a “calendar girl” competition, something that George Houraney, a Florida-based businessman who ran American Dream Enterprise, had organized at Mr. Trump’s request.

“I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” Mr. Houraney recalled in an interview on Monday. “At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him and Epstein.”

[..]

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Mr. Trump told New York magazine in 2002. “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.”

Of course, that all changed after the court case:
Trump isn’t known to have gone on any trips with Epstein, which would have been out of character. “I don’t think Trump would go to someone else’s property or someone else’s island or villa,” Nunberg said. “He doesn’t even play golf at anyone else’s clubs.” But Trump did host Epstein as a guest at Mar-a-Lago, where he appears in photos in 1997 and 2000. Epstein’s personal little black book, which was leaked by an employee in 2009, contained 14 phone numbers for Trump, his wife, Melania, and several people who worked for him.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, President Trump dismissed his past appearances with Epstein, describing him as a “fixture in Palm Beach” in those years. “I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” he added, though he declined to elaborate. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years.”

Methinks he doth protest to much.

Besides tRump, there's Alex Acosta, tRump's acting Secretary of Labor. He was the US Attorney who gave Epstein that sweet deal after his original arrest. Years later, he becomes part of tRump's Cabinet. Hmm...

Then there's Attorney General Bill Barr. His father hired Epstein back in the early 70s:
... back in the early 1970s, Barr’s father hired Epstein to work as a physics and math teacher at the elite Manhattan private school Dalton, despite the fact that Epstein did not have a college degree.

Barr said he'd recuse himself - then he suddenly "unrecused" himself. How much he intends to interfere will likely depend on what evidence they have. Anything that implicates tRump will likely cause Barr to jettison the entire thing.

But hey - that's what mafioso do... I'll do you this favor, and then someday, I'll ask you to do me a favor.

Now kiss the ring.

 

36 comments (Latest Comment: 07/10/2019 23:10:51 by Raine)
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Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:25:18
This is all so gross, corrupt, criminal and disgusting and I have a terrible feeling that it really is the tip of an iceberg.

How many men out there rape teenage girls?

good morning.

Comment by BobR on 07/10/2019 13:27:20
Apologies to Jane Austin, btw...

Comment by wickedpam on 07/10/2019 13:29:39
Morning



Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:31:10
Quote by BobR:
Apologies to Jane Austin, btw...

You have a plausible excuse.



Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:32:31
I have the live stream (I think) of the parade in the canyon of SHEroes in NYC!

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:36:50
Quote by Raine:
I have the live stream (I think) of the parade in the canyon of SHEroes in NYC!

NBC has a live Strem here.

Comment by livingonli on 07/10/2019 13:49:16
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
I have the live stream (I think) of the parade in the canyon of SHEroes in NYC!

NBC has a live Strem here.

From WABC-TV.

Comment by livingonli on 07/10/2019 13:51:55
Good morning.

Got day shifts the next two days. Doing Buffalo radio simulcast for MSG.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/10/2019 13:52:37
So NOWTHIS is also streaming the parade, why are there tRump flags there? Is this more of that "owning the libs" stuff?

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:53:30
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
I have the live stream (I think) of the parade in the canyon of SHEroes in NYC!

NBC has a live Strem here.

From WABC-TV.

Even better!!

Thnk you!

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 13:57:27
I just love this team & everything they stand for.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/10/2019 14:15:53
Mornin' all!

Looks like I tuned into the parade just in time for

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 14:18:38




Comment by Scoopster on 07/10/2019 14:30:14
So here's a little additional context to the recent attempted mass shift in attorneys arguing on behalf of DOJ in the Census case.. it seems that it was a PLANNED MASS RESIGNATION IN PROTEST to being told that they have to now push bad faith arguments in court.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/10/2019 14:32:31
Good morning, bloggers.

As an ex-reporter, my instincts tell me that Epstein probably has dirt on a lot of people. I would not be surprised if there is embarrassing, if not incriminating, material on Trump and several other prominent people.

There is an attitude among some people that they are the only true human beings, and others exist either to serve them. Epstein embodies this attitude to a high degree.

I expect things to get worse before it gets better.

Comment by livingonli on 07/10/2019 14:37:01
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Good morning, bloggers.

As an ex-reporter, my instincts tell me that Epstein probably has dirt on a lot of people. I would not be surprised if there is embarrassing, if not incriminating, material on Trump and several other prominent people.

There is an attitude among some people that they are the only true human beings, and others exist either to serve them. Epstein embodies this attitude to a high degree.

I expect things to get worse before it gets better.

I saw that part of this is being handled by the corruption probe. They might be looking at either whatever dirt he has on others, or the shadiness of the initial plea deal.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/10/2019 14:54:50
Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

Comment by livingonli on 07/10/2019 15:05:37
Quote by Scoopster:
Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

The entire GOP is willing to enable Trump's criminal behavior.

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 15:15:15
Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 15:28:28
ooo, this is getting interesting -- the crowd is chanting Equal pay to the head of the soccer league.

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 15:31:52
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Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

Meanwhile, DC's Security fund has gone bankrupt.





Comment by livingonli on 07/10/2019 15:35:21
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

Meanwhile, DC's Security fund has gone bankrupt.

I think this country will be bankrupt before he leaves office.

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 15:35:22
This is a very thought-provoking take on the Pelosi AOC thing.





Comment by wickedpam on 07/10/2019 15:47:47
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

Meanwhile, DC's Security fund has gone bankrupt.






This was posted on WUSA9 last night. Me thinks someone is lying about costs.

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 16:02:11




Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 16:03:05
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Three GOP-nominated judges on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals toss out Emoluments Clause case

This will probably be appealed to the entire 4th Circuit panel.

Meanwhile, DC's Security fund has gone bankrupt.






This was posted on WUSA9 last night. Me thinks someone is lying about costs.

hmmm...

Why do I have a feeling that it's not DC?

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/10/2019 16:12:04
So, Raine, Bobber y Mala, I, Mondo will be in town next week. You may start fighting over my time now.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/10/2019 16:12:56
Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 16:20:01
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, Raine, Bobber y Mala, I, Mondo will be in town next week. You may start fighting over my time now.



I am not available Tuesdays or Friday Nights -- other than that -- it's up to you! you want to come over for Dinner?

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/10/2019 16:25:41
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, Raine, Bobber y Mala, I, Mondo will be in town next week. You may start fighting over my time now.



I am not available Tuesdays or Friday Nights -- other than that -- it's up to you! you want to come over for Dinner?


How convenient that you aren't available on those dates as they are the ones that are already taken. Since I am staying with my cousin and her husband who are Orthodox I don't want to cause any problems on the sabbath for them I will be out of the house. Dinner on Saturday sounds like a plan.

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/10/2019 16:26:20


Ask Lana Kane would say, yuuuupppp!

Comment by wickedpam on 07/10/2019 16:27:57
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, Raine, Bobber y Mala, I, Mondo will be in town next week. You may start fighting over my time now.



I am not available Tuesdays or Friday Nights -- other than that -- it's up to you! you want to come over for Dinner?


How convenient that you aren't available on those dates as they are the ones that are already taken. Since I am staying with my cousin and her husband who are Orthodox I don't want to cause any problems on the sabbath for them I will be out of the house. Dinner on Saturday sounds like a plan.



Afraid my time and car range are limited too. Sending you hugs to welcome ya back to VA for a visit though

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/10/2019 16:51:17
As we need good news, I will share some. I have a local interview Friday. On Tuesday, I have a phone interview with a Los Angeles area district.

Comment by Raine on 07/10/2019 23:10:51
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, Raine, Bobber y Mala, I, Mondo will be in town next week. You may start fighting over my time now.



I am not available Tuesdays or Friday Nights -- other than that -- it's up to you! you want to come over for Dinner?


How convenient that you aren't available on those dates as they are the ones that are already taken. Since I am staying with my cousin and her husband who are Orthodox I don't want to cause any problems on the sabbath for them I will be out of the house. Dinner on Saturday sounds like a plan.

Saturday the 2oth, it is!


A feast shall be had! (or a cookout, or whatever) -- we can work out the details between now and then!