On Tuesday, Kellyanne Conway went on the defense for Donald Trump. Conway stated that Trump had not been in contact with Jeffrey Epstein in 10 to 15 years. These claims come on the heels of Epstein’s arrest on Monday for sex trafficking.
“I talked to the president this morning. He hasn’t talked to or had contact with Epstein in years and years and years,” Conway told reporters on the White House driveway. “Over a decade at least, he said.”
Trump and Epstein are well known to have run in the same social circles. Since the announcement, of Epstein’s arrest, went public Trump has remained silent on the situation. However, Conway said that Trump told her that he found the situation “unconscionable” and “disgusting.”
Back in 2002, Donald Trump told New York Magazine that Epstein was a “terrific guy” adding that he was “a lot of fun to be with.”
On Sunday, Trump was asked as he left his New Jersey golf course if he had any statement on Epstein’s arrest.
“No, I don’t know about it,” Trump responded. “That I don’t know about.”
On Monday, New York prosecutors unsealed charges against Epstein. Those charges allege that he engaged in sex acts with girls as young as 14 and also used those young girls to recruit other minors. Officials, reportedly, found hundreds of pictures of nude and partially nude female children during their search of Epstein’s home.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Alexander Acosta, Trump’s Labor secretary, is now under pressure because of the role he played in a 2008 plea deal that he oversaw as the U.S. attorney in Florida. The plea deal allowed Epstein to avoid federal prosecution and possible, life sentence.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats have called for Acosta to resign over his role in the plea deal.
It has long been known that Epstein has a little black book filled with the names and personal phone numbers of some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people including Donald Trump.
Epstein has two private jets, the largest single residence in Manhattan, an island in the Caribbean, a ranch in New Mexico and a waterfront estate in Florida. Epstein is also a regular guest at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo.
Back in June of 2016 a woman, known only as “Jane Doe,” filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump. The unnamed female claimed that she was repeatedly raped by Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at Epstein’s New York apartment. “Jane Doe” was only 13-years-old at the time.
It is being alleged that several of Epstein’s employees and associates recruited the girls for Epstein’s abuse and that some victims eventually became recruiters.
“It’s been a long time coming—it’s been too long coming,” said attorney David Boies, who represents Epstein accusers Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome. “It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.
“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible,” he added.