On Monday, former President Bill Clinton stated that he knew nothing about Jeffrey Epstein’s “terrible crimes.” Clinton tried his best to downplay the time he spent on Epstein’s private plane.
Clinton released a statement just hours after Epstein was arraigned on a sex-trafficking indictment. According to Clinton he only took “a total of four trips” with Epstein in 2002 and 2003. Clinton says they traveled to Europe, Asai, and Africa.
Clinton did not make it clear how many flights were connected to each trip or if that number would match the log reports that indicate that Clinton and Epstein were together on 26 flights on Epstein’s private plan.
Gawker reported in 2015 that the plane logs show that Clinton was on a domestic flight with Epstein in 2002.
In his statement, Clinton said the trips included stops in connection with the Clinton Foundation and that he was accompanied by staff, foundation supporters and Secret Service agents on “every leg of every trip.”
“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 said.
The statement does add that Clinton made “one brief visit” to Epstein’s apartment in New York with a “staff member and his security detail” back in 2002. Reportedly, the two men also met at Clinton’s Harlem office “around the same time” as the apartment visit, the statement read.
“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,” the statement reads.
The was no mention in the statement of Clinton’s financial ties to Epstein. The Daily Beast reported a former charity of Epstein’s, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation donated $25,000 to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charity in 2006. Epstein is also listed as a past and present donor to the Clinton Foundation’s website.
Epstein was arrested on Saturday, July 6 on one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Prosecutors say that Epstein used cash to solicit sex from underage girls as young as 14, asking them for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them between 1999 and 2005. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to these charges.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty. He has been ordered to remain in jail until his bail hearing which is scheduled for Monday.