With Donald Trump’s white supremacist scandal getting uglier for him by the day, and Trump’s impeachment turning out to be much further along than we thought, it’s been easy to forget that Trump also has a Jeffrey Epstein scandal. But it isn’t going away any time soon, and in fact it just took an ugly new turn of its own.
We keep referring to it as “Donald Trump’s Jeffrey Epstein” scandal for two reasons. First, Trump and Epstein are old friends, and there have been an increasing number of media reports tying the two together in a shared history of wild parties. Second, and more tangibly, Trump gave a cabinet position to the former federal prosecutor who let Epstein off the hook the first time. We don’t yet know what Trump’s role was in the Epstein mess, or why he wants it buried, but we do know that it’ll all come out. Why? That’s how these things work once they reach this stage. Sure enough, that’s now happening.
There’s been a lot of buzz in the media of late about the past financial relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and Victoria’s Secret honcho Leslie Wexner. This has prompted Wexner to very publicly throw Epstein under the bus, essentially accusing Epstein of stealing a huge amount of money from him over the years. So says the New York Times. This is Wexner’s way of trying to signal that he wasn’t in on Epstein’s child rape, and that he’s willing to prove it by opening his books and helping to finish Epstein off.
Of course this may not do Wexner any good. Trump biographer David Cay Johnston asked this pointed question on Twitter in response to the story: “Who gets ripped off for $46 million yet doesn’t go to the authorities?” The bottom line is that whatever was going on with Jeffrey Epstein, his crimes, and the people in his life while he was committing those crimes, it’s all going to come out now. Once a scandal and coverup reaches this stage, it always does. Whatever Trump’s still-unknown role was in all this, it’s going to come out too.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report