On Monday, President Clinton released a statement claiming he “knows nothing” about the billionaire’s “terrible crimes” and includes a timeline of his dealings with Epstein beginning in 2002.
Now, a 1995 Palm Beach Post story reveals Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the home of businessman Ron Perelman along with Epstein, singer Jimmy Buffett, and others.
The report said, “Joining Clinton for a three-hour dinner was a very select group of people, some of whom, according to one Democratic Party source, gave as much as $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee for the privilege of dining with the president.”
In his statement on Monday, Clinton only revealed his dealings with Epstein in 2002 and 2003:
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. 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. 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.
Many have questioned the full extent of Clinton’s relationship with Epstein.
The billionaire’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.”