by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:
A closer look at the trail of lawlessness perpetrated by Jeffrey Epstein while he was receiving VIP treatment from executives and licensed brokers at the largest bank in the United States – JPMorgan Chase – demands a comprehensive investigation by a genuinely independent Special Counsel.
After Epstein had sexually assaulted dozens of underage school girls in Palm Beach County, Florida, the Florida State Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice cut him a sweetheart deal that allowed him to serve just 13 months in jail from June 2008 to July 2009 – the majority of the time in a work release program where Epstein was driven to an office each day by his limo driver.
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After his cozy jail time, Epstein was supposed to spend one year under house arrest at his Palm Beach residence. But in the Netflix series on Epstein, Filthy Rich, based on the book by the same name, a Palm Beach police official explains what actually happened, stating: (See Clip 7 at this link.)
“He would violate his probation almost on a daily basis. There’s 11 pages here of just different violations. I think, I, myself, documented 66 different days that he violated his probation…He would go to New York, to his island, he would go to the airport, jump in his helicopter. Who knows where he went – without telling anybody. Every time I brought the probation office a case, they kept telling me the same thing. What would you like us to do? He’s a celebrity. I mean, just think about this: You have a pedophile out on probation – to violate probation in the state of Florida is illegal, except for Jeffrey Epstein.”
Despite having videotaped testimony from Epstein’s victims and statements confirming the abuse from a multitude of witnesses, the U.S. Department of Justice allowed this pedophile to remain on the loose – traveling throughout the United States and around the world on his private jets – sexually abusing girls and women for another decade, until his arrest in July 2019 on federal sex trafficking of minor charges.
The Department of Justice was likely shamed into finally taking action against Epstein by reporter Julie Brown’s explosive series on Epstein’s sex crimes in the Miami Herald in November 2018.
Brazenly violating probation and ramping up his sex trafficking of minors were just two of the multitude of ways that Epstein showed his complete disregard for the laws of the United States. Epstein also violated political campaign contribution laws.
Prior to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the contribution limits were not indexed for inflation and remained constant each election cycle. From 1976 through 2002, those federal campaign limits were as follows: $1,000 per individual to a candidate or candidate committee per election; $20,000 to a national party committee per calendar year; $5,000 to any other political committee per calendar year; and $25,000 in total per calendar year.
Despite the cap of $25,000 per calendar year, in the calendar year of 1998, according to the Federal Election Commission records, Jeffrey Epstein sluiced $36,000 to the following: $5,000 to the Liberal Party of New York State; $5,000 to the Independence Party Federal Committee; $10,000 to Victory in New York; $5,000 to Win New York (both Victory in New York and Win New York were joint fundraising committees in which the [Charles] Schumer ’98 committee participated); $2,000 to [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan Committee Inc.; and $9,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. (See the FEC record here; give the page time to load.)
Epstein had shown no broad interest in funding federal political campaigns until after he obtained his bizarre, all-encompassing, power-of-attorney for retailing magnate Leslie Wexner in 1991. According to federal lobbying reports, Wexner’s retailing chain, Limited Inc., spent more than $1 million lobbying for passage of HR 4444, Permanent Trade Relations with China, and HR 434, the Trade and Development Act of 2000, encompassing trade with Africa and the Caribbean Basin. President Bill Clinton signed both pieces of legislation into law in 2000. According to flight logs, Bill Clinton took multiple flights on Epstein’s private jet. News reports also indicate that Epstein visited the White House 17 times while Clinton was President.