by Tom Pappert, Big League Politics:
Prosecutors say Jeffrey Epstein sent $350,000 in bribes to two possible co-conspirators days after a bombshell article was released.
Epstein is accused by prosecutors of sending $350,000 to two possible co-conspirators in what the prosecutors say demonstrates a pattern of behavior that has been ongoing since 2002. Epstein was arrested last weekend with new charges of child trafficking, and if convicted faces up to 45 years in prison.
Accused child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein wired a total of $350,000 to a pair of possible co-conspirators just days after the publication of a newspaper story alleging he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, federal prosecutors said Friday.
The prosecutors said the payments, which were made last November after the bombshell Miami Herald story came out, demonstrate Epstein’s willingness to tamper with witnesses.
“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” the prosecutors wrote in court papers arguing that Epstein should remain behind bars until his trial.
Epstein’s legal defense team attempted to reach a bail agreement for the alleged pedophile today, offering a $77 million bond that would allow Epstein to be released to his New York mansion under house arrest, with the mansion and properties owned by his brother as collateral.
The convicted sex offender maintains that he does not pose a flight risk, despite the fact that he formerly had his own private jet, dubbed the Lolita Express, and his own private island, referred to as Pedophile Island by many.
Prosecutors say Epstein is worth more than $500,000,000, and if released, may continue to his quest to pay off and bribe witnesses.
Earlier today, President Trump made clear that he is “no fan” of Epstein, and urged the press to pursue the names of the high profile Palm Beach socialites who went to events at Epstein’s private island.