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A Fuse To Be Lit

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A Trump Connection?

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Predictably, the media wasted no time in performing their favorite magic trick: making anything and everything about Donald Trump. They’re known for ignoring elephants from the other side while putting a magnifying glass on anything that could possibly make this an anti-Trump story.

That said, the ammo being used against President Trump isn’t nothing, as any objective observer knows that our side would absolutely seize on these facts had they applied to our political enemies. This is why it’s important to seek the truth without fear or favor and maintain consistent standards when doing so.

Let’s dive into each piece of evidence being used to construct the Trump/Epstein narrative and gauge the validity of each.

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The Awkward Quote:

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Among their most potent weapons has been a 17-year-old quote in New York Magazine, in which the president describes his then-Mar-a-Lago member Jeffrey Epstein.

“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” PDT said at the time. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

It’s hard to polish that turd, to be sure. It gives the impression that Trump was at least peripherally aware of Epstein’s exploits, though there is no hard evidence that Trump was aware of the extent of Epstein’s crimes. Epstein was known to keep the company of young women in their late teens and early 20’s, at least in public. There is reasonable doubt as to whether Trump was complicit in or even cognizant of Epstein’s crimes.

According to court documents filed by lawyer Bradley Edwards, who represented three of Epstein’s victims, Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago because he “sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” although he said he never confirmed that claim. He did, however, emphasize that Trump was cooperative and helpful as he built his case against Epstein, so much so that a deposition for Trump was deemed unnecessary.

Here is the full quote from Edwards:

The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk. I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.

The Acosta Liability:

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Another weapon being used against President Trump is Labor Secretary Robert Acosta, who you’ll remember as the U.S. Attorney who signed off on Epstein’s sweetheart deal in Florida. However, Acosta was a figure in the Republican Party for a long time before his involvement with the Epstein case and by all accounts would have been a prime candidate for a job in the Trump administration regardless. As of now, there is no clear evidence that Acosta was rewarded for his conduct relating to Epstein. Given the renewed scrutiny on that deal, though, Acosta’s days may be numbered in DC.

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Little Black Book:

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Another item of interest deals with the release of Epstein’s “little black book,” which was stolen by one of his employees in 2004. It included several numbers to reach Trump. The book included “14 phone numbers including emergency numbers, car numbers, and numbers to Trump’s security guard and houseman.” This fact alone doesn’t tell us much, though, as Trump was known to be accessible to all his high profile Mar-a-Lago members. And despite years of digging, no further evidence has been uncovered suggesting that the two were in any sort of constant communication.

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Riding on Epstein’s Plane:

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According to Vice News, Mark Epstein, Jeffrey’s brother, testified in 2009 that Trump flew on Jeffrey’s private jet at least once. Vice also reports that message pads from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion that were seized by investigators indicate that Trump called Epstein twice in November of 2004.

Epstein’s private Boeing 727 was nicknamed the “Lolita Express.” Victim statements tell a story of sex orgies on the private plane involving Epstein and his friends. By all accounts, there were a lot of girls abused on the Lolita Express.

When asked under oath about Trump’s reason for being on the plane, Mark responded:

“You’ll have to ask Donald. I think he wanted a ride back to New York.”

The testimony from Mark Epstein supports both those who say Trump rode on Epstein’s plane and those pushing the narrative that it was just a hitched ride out of convenience. I suppose it’s possible that Trump was separated from his own plane for some reason. Even billionaires are inconvenienced from time to time. More information is needed to draw concrete conclusions. Nonetheless, this serves as a big slab of red meat for the president’s enemies to consume.

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Rape Lawsuit:

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Back during the 2016 campaign (naturally), a woman in California identifying as “Katie Johnson” filed a $100 million lawsuit against then-candidate Trump, accusing him of raping her when she was just 13 years old.

Johnson claimed Trump raped her when she was 13-years-old and forced her to engage in sex acts by threatening to harm her and her family. She claims the alleged abuse took place over a four-month period at underage sex parties held in New York City in 1994. Epstein was also named in the suit for alleged sexual misconduct and threats.

Trump vigorously denied the accusation, which turned out to be a pretty good move since there is no evidence that the underage victim in question even exists and the lawsuit was ultimately dropped. Of all the stuff being thrown at the wall, this is the weakest.

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Shady Use of the Fifth Amendment:

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Back in 2010, Epstein admitted to “socializing” with Trump, but when a lawyer representing an under-aged victim of Epstein’s asked if he has “ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18,” Epstein pleaded the Fifth. Below is a transcript of the exchange under oath:

Q: Have you ever had a personal relationship with Donald Trump?
A. What do you mean by “personal relationship,” sir?
Q. Have you socialized with him?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Yes?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?
A: Though I’d like to answer that question, at least today I’m going to have to assert my Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment rights, sir.

While this makes for salacious stuff on leftist blogs, the evidentiary claim is a bit flimsy. Epstein pleaded the Fifth to all questions relating to underage girls, thus it’s impossible to infer anything substantive from his non-answer in this case. All the same, good old fashioned confirmation bias will ensure that this is used to demonstrate Epstein’s concealment of Trump’s crimes.

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Bottom Line:

While the initial set of facts certainly warrant a deeper look, there simply is no hard evidence that President Trump has a history of abusing girls with Jeffrey Epstein. Everything that has been submitted thus far has been circumstantial at best and explicable via basic logic and context. On the flip side, we do have evidence that Trump was more than happy to assist with the job of taking him down. Given all these facts together, it would be very hard to make an actual criminal case against President Trump for complicity (or active participation) in Epstein’s crimes. But that assumes no “witnesses,” which we’ll touch on later in this piece.

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