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THE TRUMP AND EPSTEIN CONNECTION

1990 – EPSTEIN MOVES TO PALM BEACH

In 1990 Jeffrey Epstein purchased his now infamous property in Palm Beach. This location is 1.6 miles from Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort.

1992 – EPSTEIN, TRUMP AND GHISLAINE PICTURED AT MAR-A-LAGO

Archive footage from CNBC shows Trump and Epstein at Mar-a-lago, chatting away while Rhythm of the night by Corona is playing in the background. In the video (which can be found here) you can see Ghislaine Maxwell in the background.

1992 – TRUMP AND EPSTEIN HAVE A PRIVATE CALENDAR GIRLS COMPETITION AT MAR-A-LAGO

WASHINGTON — 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.”

Mr. Houraney, who had just partnered with Mr. Trump to host events at his casinos, said he was surprised. “I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?’”

In fact, that was the case, an indication of a yearslong friendship between the president and Mr. Epstein that some say ended only after a failed business arrangement between them. The full nature of their eventual falling out is not clear.

But through a mutual appreciation of wealth and women, and years of occupying adjacent real estate in Palm Beach and on Page Six, the lives of the two men routinely intersected for decades — until the connection turned from a status symbol into a liability, and Mr. Trump made sure to publicize the fact that he had barred his onetime friend from his clubs.

“In those days, if you didn’t know Trump and you didn’t know Epstein, you were a nobody,” said Alan Dershowitz, the longtime Harvard University Law School professor who later served on Mr. Epstein’s defense team when he was charged with unlawful sex with minors in 2006.

Before Mr. Epstein pleaded guilty to the charges, and was mainly known as a reclusive, sweat-shirt-sporting billionaire who liked the company of young women, Mr. Trump spoke enthusiastically about their relationship.

“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.”

He also dismissed Mr. Houraney’s warning about his friend’s conduct.

“I said, ‘Look, Donald, I know Jeff really well, I can’t have him going after younger girls,’” Mr. Houraney remembers. “He said, ‘Look I’m putting my name on this. I wouldn’t put my name on it and have a scandal.’”

Mr. Houraney said he “pretty much had to ban Jeff from my events — Trump didn’t care about that.”

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Houraney accused Mr. Trump himself of inappropriate behavior toward his girlfriend and business partner, Jill Harth, during their business dealings.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

But speaking Tuesday to reporters in the Oval Office, the president distanced himself from Mr. Epstein, noting that he “knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him.” But Mr. Trump added: “I had a falling out with him. I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.”

Mr. Epstein, who was charged on Monday in Manhattan with sex trafficking, is better known as a longtime friend of former President Bill Clinton’s than as a close associate of Mr. Trump’s. In fact, the relationship with Mr. Trump turned so toxic that Mr. Epstein at one point told friends that he blamed Mr. Trump for his legal problems with the Palm Beach County police.

But while Mr. Trump has dismissed the relationship, Mr. Epstein, since the election, has played it up, claiming to people that he was the one who introduced Mr. Trump to his third wife, Melania Trump, though neither of the Trumps has ever mentioned Mr. Epstein playing a role in their meeting. Mrs. Trump has said that her future husband simply asked for her phone number at a party at the Kit Kat Club during Fashion Week in 1998.

Mr. Epstein was never a dues-paying member of the Mar-a-Lago club, according to an official at the Trump Organization. But as a guest of a guest, he was treated like a close friend by the club’s owner and self-appointed headwaiter, Mr. Trump.

The two were photographed together there in the 1990s and early 2000s, Mr. Trump always in a tie, Mr. Epstein always without. And in Manhattan, they attended many of the same dinner parties, like the one that Mr. Epstein hosted for Prince Andrew, where the guest list also included Ron Perelman and Mort Zuckerman, among others.

But longtime Trump associates played down their closeness, saying that was simply how Mr. Trump treated any guest at his club — checking on their steaks, bragging about his meatloaf, scanning the room for a better table so guests felt like they were getting special treatment.

Since Mr. Trump’s decision to enter the presidential race in 2015, his aides and allies have been eager to minimize any connection to Mr. Epstein, knowing that Mr. Epstein’s relationship with Mr. Clinton would be investigated at a time Hillary Clinton was likely to be his opponent.

Roger J. Stone Jr., the former Trump adviser, wrote in his book “The Clintons’ War on Women,” which was published during the campaign, that Mr. Trump “turned down many invitations to Epstein’s hedonistic private island and his Palm Beach home.” Once when Mr. Trump visited Mr. Epstein at his Palm Beach home, Mr. Stone wrote about the scene of underage girls he witnessed there.

“The swimming pool was filled with beautiful young girls,” Mr. Trump later told a Mar-a-Lago member, according to Mr. Stone. “‘How nice,’ I thought, ‘he let the neighborhood kids use his pool.’”

Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide to Mr. Trump, said he raised concerns about the candidate’s involvement with Mr. Epstein before Mr. Trump officially began his presidential campaign. But Mr. Trump assured Mr. Nunberg that he had barred Mr. Epstein from entering his clubs after Mr. Epstein had tried to recruit a woman who worked at Mar-a-Lago.

“Trump said, ‘I kicked him out of the clubs when this stuff became public, and I made sure NBC knew,’” Mr. Nunberg recalled.

Mr. Trump appeared fully aware of what a liability his onetime Palm Beach pal had become.

Mr. Nunberg said that in early 2015, he was beckoned into Mr. Trump’s office at Trump Tower in Manhattan, along with Corey Lewandowski, then his campaign manager, and Michael D. Cohen, then Mr. Trump’s private lawyer, after David J. Pecker of The National Enquirer had just left the building.

Mr. Trump showed the two men a copy of a new issue of The Enquirer that had yet to hit the stands, with pictures of Mr. Epstein’s private island. Mr. Trump was gleeful about Mr. Epstein’s connection to the Clintons and hinted there would be more to come.

By Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman
July 9, 2019 NEW YORK TIMES

1993 – EPSTEIN AND TRUMP AT THE HARLEY DAVIDSON CAFE OPENING IN MANHATTAN

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1995 – MARIA FARMER RECALLS MEETING TRUMP WHEN VISITING EPSTEIN

Maria Farmer was the first person to report Jeffrey Epstein to officials and recently appeared in Netflix documentary “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” and “60 Minutes Australia”.

In an interview with the New York Times, Maria Farmer describes meeting Donald Trump while visiting Epstein at his New York townhouse. Maria Farmer was recently featured in a Netflix series called Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, and 60 Minutes Australia was one of the the first people to bring charges against Epstein. Maria Farmers sister was also abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

1995 – JEFFREY EPSTEIN AND GHISLAINE MAXWELL ARE PHOTOGRAPHED AT A PARTY AT TRUMP’S MAR-A-LAGO CLUB

1996 – AN ACCUSER GOING UNDER THE NAME OF “KATIE JOHNSON” SAYS TRUMP RAPED HER AT EPSTEIN’S PROPERTY WHEN SHE WAS 13

Wait, ‘Katie Johnson’ actually exists?

A California woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her a quarter-century ago when she was 13 has gone to ground, says her former attorney, deepening the mystery surrounding “Katie Johnson.”

“Recent attempts to reach … her have revealed that she has disconnected her telephone number,” Evan Goldman, a New Jersey attorney who represented Johnson in late 2016, wrote in an email.

“Katie Johnson” and “Jane Doe” are pseudonyms the woman used to sue Trump and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in California and New York federal courts three years ago, before Trump was elected president in 2016 and before authorities say Epstein hung himself in a jail cell in August while facing child sex trafficking charges.

According to the filings, “Johnson” was an aspiring model in 1994 when, after a string of unsuccessful meetings with agencies in New York City, she was at a Port Authority bus terminal getting ready to make her cross-country trip back home. Instead, a woman told Johnson how she could make money and modeling connections attending parties. It was at these parties—allegedly featuring other underage girls and wealthy guests—that Johnson says she was forced to sexually gratify the future president on four occasions, each one escalating in its described level of depravity.

The bombshell claims never gained as much traction as other Trump misconduct allegations, for several reasons. Johnson’s initial lawsuit, filed without an attorney, included a hinky phone number and unverifiable mailing address, and was swiftly dismissed in the Central District of California. Johnson abruptly withdrew her second lawsuit and canceled a press conference days before the election, citing fears for her safety.

The sum total was that the press didn’t know what to make of Johnson or those surrounding her, and moved on to other controversies such as the Access Hollywood tape and the Stormy Daniels payoff.

But since multiple women emerged this year with shockingly similar stories about how Epstein recruited and sexually enslaved them as young girls, some of the people who believed Johnson in 2016 say her claims should be reconsidered today.

“Katie’s story mimics those that have come out in the past several months,” Goldman wrote. “She was very forthcoming and also a very reluctant person. She only decided to do something when she saw that there was a chance that Trump could become President.”

Goldman and two other attorneys represented Johnson from Sept. 30 to Nov. 4, 2016. Before they represented her, Johnson’s first lawsuit was dismissed for failing to cite an actionable civil rights claim. It sought $100 million in damages and described in graphic detail allegations against both Trump and Epstein, a one-time financier accused of hosting underage sex parties for the obscenely rich.

SN&R corresponded via text with a person who identified as “Katie Johnson” in May 2016 and recently traced the phone number to a Southern California esthetician. Goldman said he couldn’t reveal Johnson’s true identity, but stressed that she “is and was a real person.”

“There were real threats which forced her to drop the law suit,” he added.

On the day Johnson was supposed to participate in a press conference arranged by attorney Lisa Bloom, whom the attorneys hired to conduct their media outreach, Johnson’s car and cellphone were stolen, Goldman said. “This freaked her out and that is when she decided not to go through with it.”

Bloom, the daughter of feminist civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, has come under fire recently for her behind-the-scenes work to discredit Harvey Weinstein’s accusers.

As for Johnson, Goldman says he has no way of contacting her. The attorney didn’t respond to questions about whether a blurred-out video purporting to show Johnson being interviewed was of his one-time client. But SN&R obtained what appears to be a letter from a combative “never Trump” conservative who arranged for the video to be made. The June 30, 2017 letter from Illinois political donor Steve Baer is marked “confidential,” directed to then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller and copied to numerous others, including “select” media.

In the 10-page document, which includes an unblurred image of Johnson from her video interview, Baer urges Mueller to investigate the claims of the pseudonymous “Katie Johnson,” writing that his group, Freedom Partners Trust V, while skeptical that the president colluded with the Russians or obstructed justice, does believe Johnson.

“The current President of the United States raped a 13-year-old girl in 1994,” writes Baer, who has been credited with other aggressive email campaigns.

Baer could not be reached for comment.

House Democrats are currently in a formal impeachment investigation of Trump for openly urging foreign leaders to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible challenger to his reelection.”

1997 – GHISLAINE MAXWELL IS PICTURED AT A PARTY IN TRUMP’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE , WITHIN TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND TOWER’S IN NEW YORK

LINK TO MAGAZINE ARTICLE

1997 – TRUMP AND MAXWELL ARE PHOTOGRAPHED AT FORD’S MODEL’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

1997 – TRUMP AND “MADAM MAXWELL” ARE FEATURED IN THE SUNDAY MIRROR UNDER “TRUMP HAS FALLEN UNDER THE SPELL OF A 20 YEAR-OLD ENGLISH GIRL”

  • 1997 article from the SUNDAY MIRROR details a meeting between Anouska De Georgiou and Trump which was instigated “Madam Maxwell”
  • Anouska De Georgiou has said: “Jeffrey Epstein manipulated me, corrupted me and sexually assaulted me.”
  • Ms Georgiou said that the abuse “lasted several years” and was “devaluing beyond measure”.

PLOT TWIST! NAMED LOLITA EXPRESS PASSENGER ALAN DERSHOWITZ CLAIMS EPSTEIN INVESTIGATION IS MOTIVATED BY ANTI SEMITISM

Article originally published By Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday, 22 July 2020 03:39 PM

Alan Dershowitz has been named on the flight logs of Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express.

The central witness in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation — the person relied on by Netflix in its documentary series “Filthy Rich” — is a 50-year-old woman named Maria Farmer.

It now turns out that she may have been motivated by the anti-Semitic attitudes she has long harbored, to falsely accuse prominent Jews of sexual misconduct. This is some of the bigotry Maria Farmer spewed during a recorded two-hour interview that can be heard online, such as:

“I had a hard time with all Jewish people.”

“I think it’s all the Jews.”

“They think Jewish DNA is better than the rest of us.”

“These people truly believe they are chosenevery one of them.”

“All the Jewish people I met are pedophiles that run the world economy.”

“They are ‘Jewish supremacists'” and they are “all connected” through a mysterious organization called MEGA, which is run by Leslie Wexner who is “the head of the snake.”

Farmer claimed to have evidence that the Israeli Mossad hired Jeffrey Epstein to video tape prominent American political leaders committing acts of pedophilia so that Israel could blackmail them into doing their bidding, and that the entire conspiracy was under the protection and direction of “The Rothschild’s.”

These anti-Semitic canards sound like they could have come directly from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and other classic anti-Semitic forgeries and screeds, but all of this and more come from the bigoted brain and malicious mouth of Maria Farmer.

There is more, much more, of the same in the two hours of conspiratorial ranting that can be heard in the interview, which is being widely praised and circulated by white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups and individuals.

Farmer’s obvious anti-Semitic bigotry doesn’t prove, of course, that she is lying about everything she said.

Even bigots are capable of telling the truth, though their claims should always be viewed with skepticism.

But there is additional evidence of her mendacity. Although she hadn’t accused me directly of any wrongdoing, she has provided a sworn affidavit claiming the following:

“4. Alan Dershowitz was an individual who came to visit Epstein at his New York mansion a number of times when I was working for Epstein. Dershowitz was very comfortable at the home and would come in and walk upstairs. On a number [of] occasions I witnessed Dershowitz at the NY mansion going upstairs at the same time there were young girls under the age of 18 who were present upstairs in the house.”

The problem is that Farmer acknowledges that she terminated her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in early summer of 1996 — after she was allegedly raped by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell on Leslie Wexner’s premises.

She never entered Epstein’s New York home after that.

But I didn’t meet Epstein until well after that, as I can prove.

She couldn’t possibly have ever seen me in Epstein’s house, because I was never in his house at any time that she could possibly have been there.

So, it’s impossible for her to have ever seen me there during the time period she knew him.

Moreover, on the few occasions when I was in Epstein’s New York house, well after Farmer was long gone, I never went into the private areas of that home.

I was generally with my wife or other lawyers or academics, in the public areas — dining room, living room, den — and I never saw any young girls around.

Why would Farmer make up such an easily disprovable story about me, and swear to it under pains of perjury, which she may now suffer?

Because I’m a prominent Jew? Part of Mega? An Israeli agent?

Or, perhaps because her lawyer encouraged her to make statements about me?

Atty. David Boies, who is suing the Epstein estate on her behalf and hoping for a big payday for him and his firm, is fully aware of these facts as well as of her sordid background.

But he has failed to disclose the truth and has allowed her affidavit to remain in the court files. Serious questions about his ethics are raised by this information.

Why did he submit her probably false affidavit?

Why has he not withdrawn it despite his clear knowledge of the above circumstances?

Why is he allowing her to spew her anti-Semitic hatred on the internet?

What is his motive for being complicit in such bigotry?

Does he share her views?

There have been rumors from the very beginning about anti-Semitic statements or sentiments expressed by some of the witnesses.

Now we have proof — from the mouth of the witness herself — that it is true about the first and most prominent witness.

Even if true about others as well, this would not excuse or mitigate Epstein’s crimes.

But it would raise questions about the credibility of their accusations against others.

The bigoted motives of accusers are always relevant to their credibility.

Throughout history, anti-Semitism has motivated false accusations. Maria Farmer’s overt anti-Semitism must be investigated beyond her own bigoted public statements.

These revelations, which were known to Netflix before they mendaciously presented Farmer as a credible witness, also raise questions about the credibility and ethics of Netflix and the producers and directors of the Epstein series.

They withheld from their viewers this and other damming information in order to present a false picture of their primary witness. The time has come for the responsible media to investigate all the principles — accusers and accused alike — in the tragic Epstein saga.

The #MeToo movement has done a great feat of good in exposing predatory men, but as with every movement, it’s subject to exploitation by those who misuse it for financial gain, revenge and other personal benefits.

As philosopher Eric Hoffer once cautioned, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Every woman who alleges she has been abused should be listened to and taken seriously. This means that their allegations should be thoroughly investigated.

But investigation is a double-edged sword: for most women, an investigation will confirm the truth of their accusation, because most women are telling the truth; for some, however, it will expose biases, bigotry and possibly perjury.

Maria Farmer’s claims should be thoroughly investigated, especially in light of the bigotry that has come from her own mouth.

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