by Shane Trejo, Big League Politics:
Federal investigators say they have found a fake Saudi Arabian passport with an alias alongside mounds of cash in convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City mansion, as their case goes stronger against the Democratic Party-connected predator.
Epstein allegedly obtained the passport in the 1980s, and it had only recently expired before it was found by the feds. It has been widely speculated that Epstein’s connections shielded him from justice for all these years despite widespread knowledge of his illicit activities, and the Saudi passport may be the key to finally getting some real answers about who protected Epstein.
The cash and phony passport are clear indicators that Epstein is a likely flight risk, but his lawyers still argued today that he should be let out on bail. He is currently imprisoned at the Manhattan Correctional Center pending his current case.
“We need him released, judge. This is an enormously challenging case for defense counsel,” Epstein’s lawyers told Judge Berman.
The prosecutors did not have any sympathy for Epstein’s attorneys and the difficulty of their task of preparing a defense for the convicted sex criminal.
“Your honor, it’s underage girls that are involved in this case, and it’s underage girls that are the victims,” the prosecutors said.
The Judge ultimately sided with the prosecution, denying Epstein his bail request.
The feds also found a great deal of hidden assets while rummaging through Epstein’s home, including diamonds and art.
“How much money does he have? Where is it? How much of it is in diamonds or art?”asked Assistant US Attorney Alex Rossmiller in court.
Despite feds claiming that child pornography was uncovered in Epstein’s safe, he pleaded not guilty to the new charges of sex trafficking which included exploiting girls as young as 14 years of age.
Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed that investigators “seized evidence including nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls,” adding that the amount of the evidence included “perhaps thousands” of such photos.
The evidence continues to mount against Epstein as more potential victims come forward. At least 14 more women have contacted authorities with claims of sexual abuse. Attorney Jack Scarola claims that some of these women were underage when they were abused.
The federal indictment against Epstein that was released to the public last week claims that he paid “hundreds of dollars” to his victims for sex acts and would then offer cash to the same traumatized women “to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused.”
“In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including New York and Palm Beach,” the indictment reads.