The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to see Trump in court over his new religious freedom executive order. That’s not the only court case the President has to deal with, though.
On Thursday, POLITICO revealed a new lawsuit has been filed that alleges a sex-trafficking ring was run by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein out of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Virginia Giuffre, the woman who filed the lawsuit, has said that she was lured into Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring in 1999 when she was 15 years old and worked at the resort. Guiffre has claimed that she was abused by Epstein and lured by his girlfriend at the time, Ghislaine Maxwell.
It is not only Trump who is involved in this lawsuit. According to POLITICO, the suit connects Epstein to “President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and other prominent figures, including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.”
Epstein used to be both a Mar-a-Lago regular and an active supporter of the Clinton Foundation — he even lent his jet to President Clinton multiple times for overseas trips. Dershowitz defended Epstein during an investigation into his “involvement with underage girls,” and Acosta allowed Epstein’s case to be resolved in state court.
The new case is supposed to go to trial on May 15. However, some have suggested that a settlement may be in progress since a pretrial conference that was supposed to take place on Thursday was abruptly canceled.
Epstein has already pleaded guilty to two charges: solicitation of prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution. He served a mere 13 months in a county jail for his crimes and also paid financial settlements to many women, including Giuffre.
With her lawsuit, Giuffre is specifically looking to implicate Maxwell. Brad Edwards, Giuffre’s attorney, told POLITICO about their intentions:
‘We are trying to vindicate Virginia. What she said all along is she was recruited by Maxwell and abused by Epstein. That’s what this trial is going to be about and that’s what is going to be proven beyond any doubt. We’re looking forward to proving that.’
Maxwell has denied any knowledge of or involvement in the situation and previously referred to the accusations against her as “obvious lies.” Her attorney did not respond to POLITICO’s request for comment on this most recent suit.
A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, said that the President was unaware of any wrongdoing by Epstein at the time.
‘He had no relationship with Mr. Epstein and had no knowledge whatsoever of his conduct. This has all been reported countless times in the press.’
To say that Trump has not had a relationship with Epstein is a bit of a stretch considering the fact that the two have both been accused of raping a teenage girl. Although the charges were dropped last year after the woman was repeatedly threatened by Trump’s supporters, the fact that the two men were linked in such a way is telling nonetheless.
As far as not knowing anything about Epstein’s conduct, Trump has also said publicly that Epstein has a preference for women who are “on the younger side.” In an interview with New York Magazine in 2002, he said:
‘I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. 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. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.’
At this point, it seems unlikely that Trump will suffer any legitimate consequences for his connections to this case — after all, multiple sexual assault allegations weren’t enough to keep him out of the White House. However, we’ll just have to wait until May 15 to know for sure.
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