Bill Clinton is in spin mode since Jeffrey Epstein was indicted on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy. Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.
The former president has claimed through a spokesman that he “knows nothing” of the “terrible crimes” Epstein is charges with.
“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,” a public statement released on Monday read. “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.”
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While Clinton claims to have a limited relationship with Epstein, many have speculated otherwise. Court documents obtained by Fox News in 2016 showed that the former president had taken at least 26 trips on Epstein’s private jet, which is widely known as the “Lolita Express.” He reportedly even ditched his Secret Service detail for multiple trips.
Official flight logs filed with the Federal Aviation Administration show that Clinton flew with Secret Service agents on several trips, but a 2002 trip to Asia lists no Secret Service agents accompanying the former president.
Epstein’s jet was nicknamed “Lolita Express” after the famous book by Vladimir Nabokov, which chronicled a middle-aged man’s obsession with an underage girl.
Clinton’s statement follows Christine Pelosi, daughter of Nancy and a Democratic National Committee official, tweeting to her followers that it is “quite likely that some of our faves are implicated” in the crimes Epstein has been charged with.
“This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice,” she tweeted. “It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats.”
Epstein, 66, is currently a registered sex offender. He is also a billionaire hedge fund manager who has long been linked to many influential people like Clinton.
Court documents detailing the crimes Epstein is accused of were unsealed on Monday.
“The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” the court documents stated. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
Prosecutors allege that Epstein created a vast network that made it easy for him to find victims.
“The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other individuals to partially or fully undress before beginning the ‘massage,’” prosecutors allege. “During the encounter, Epstein would escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victims to include, among other things, sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victim’s genitals.”
Attorney David Boies, who represents three women alleging they were abused by Epstein as minors, said about the new charges against Epstein, “It’s a great step forward. This one is something that was a long time coming — too long.”
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