In the three weeks since Donald Trump’s old friend Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking of minors, the scandal has taken one increasingly ugly turn after another. Trump’s Secretary of Labor had to resign over his role in having let Epstein off the hook to begin with. Accusations have surfaced that Trump and Epstein used to throw wild parties together. Now, new revelations about subpoenas make clear that this is just getting started.
The Feds at the SDNY have subpoenaed Jeffrey Epstein’s personal pilots, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why does this matter? Unless they want to go to jail for contempt, they’re going to have to testify about what they saw. More to the point, they’re going to have to give up the names of everyone who flew with Epstein, and under what circumstances, and whether there were underage girls on those flights. In other words, if any of Epstein’s friends were involved in these underage sex trafficking crimes, it’s time for them to panic.
Of course there’s more at play than just the pilots and what they saw. Earlier this week the New York Times reported that Deutsche Bank sold out Jeffrey Epstein to the Feds before his arrest. When you consider that Deutsche Bank spent years acting as Donald Trump’s favorite Russian money laundering bank, it points to significant liability for Trump, one way or the other.
This all comes even as Jeffrey Epstein was found in the fetal position in his jail cell with injuries around his neck, according to NBC News. It’s not yet clear if Epstein tried to take his own life, or if another inmate in protective custody assaulted him, or if Epstein staged the whole thing. But it is clear that Epstein understands just how much trouble he’s in, and you have to wonder if he’ll end up seeking a cooperating plea deal whereby he sells out his co-conspirators.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report