President Bill Clinton has released a statement on his ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, claiming he “knows nothing” about the billionaire’s “terrible crimes.”
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement reads.
“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. Staff, supporters of the Foundation and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip.”
The statement continues, “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 has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico or his residence in Florida.”
Jeffrey Epstein’s attorneys once claimed the embattled billionaire helped “conceive” the Clinton Global Initiative.
“Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project ‘bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” wrote Epstein’s lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt in a 2007 letter to federal prosecutors.
The letter also discusses Epstein’s relationship with former President Bill Clinton.
“In a feature article about Mr. Epstein in New Yorker magazine, former President Clinton aptly described Mr. Epstein as a ‘committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of 21st century science,’” the letter read. “President Clinton reached this conclusion during a monthlong trip to Africa with Mr. Epstein, which Mr. Epstein hosted.”
Epstein was arrested in New Jersey on Saturday and pleaded not guilty today to sex trafficking charges. He has been ordered to stay in jail until a Thursday bail hearing.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan claims Epstein formed “a network and operation enabling him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.”
According to a May 2016 Fox News report, flight logs show Clinton flew on Epstein’s private jet at least 26 times:
Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile,” said Conchita Sarnoff, of the Washington, D.C. based non-profit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, and author of a book on the Epstein case called “TrafficKing.” “Why would a former president associate with a man like that?”