(CBrief) – An attorney who is claiming that the FBI “utterly failed” to properly investigate the late billionaire financier and convicted underage sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has asked the Justice Department to find out why.
A letter from the attorney, who is representing several women, was sent last week to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, stating that the FBI was aware of allegations against Epstein back in the 1990s but failed to take any significant action, the UK Mirror reported.
“As counsel to many survivors of the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking conspiracy, we write regarding the failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to properly, adequately, or timely investigate the sex trafficking of hundreds of girls and young women,” says the letter from lawyer Jennifer Freeman.
“The FBI utterly failed to investigate serious allegations involving Epstein’s, and perhaps others’, child sex abuse materials (CSAM), significant additional criminality which, until recently, has been disregarded, disrespected, and essentially denied,” it added.
“[I]n August of 1996 one of our clients, Maria Farmer, reported to the FBI that Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell had sexually abused her and that the two of them, together with others, were committing multiple, serious, sexual abuse crimes, including hands-on sexual abuse, against minors and vulnerable young women,” the letter continues. “In addition, she reported to the FBI that Epstein, and perhaps others, appeared to be engaged in the production, possession, and distribution of sexually suggestive or exploitative images of children that could constitute CSAM.”
The women are seeking an explanation as to why it took so long for legal action to be taken against Epstein and have requested that the DOJ investigate the FBI’s handling of the case.
Epstein died in jail in 2019, believed to have committed suicide.
A month earlier, in November, CNN reported that “Epstein’s former pilot testified in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial…that a who’s who of powerful men, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, flew aboard Epstein’s private plane.”
Visoski said that he was usually given advance notice when high-profile passengers, like former President Clinton, would be flying with Epstein. He also recounted that Epstein flew with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman to the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp and that he remembered other notable passengers on flights, such as Prince Andrew, Maine Sen. George Mitchell, Ohio Sen. John Glenn, and actor Kevin Spacey, CNN reported.
Newsweek noted in January that a documentary aired on the BBC that month claimed that Clinton and Epstein were “like brothers.”
British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey told the UK outlet how Clinton was “very close to Jeffrey” in “Ghislaine, Prince Andrew, and the Pedophile,” broadcast in Britain on January 18.
“Clinton was definitely very close to Jeffrey. I don’t know if you saw the paintings that were in Jeffrey Epstein’s house?” Hervey said in the documentary. “One of them being a portrait of Bill Clinton wearing the dress that Monica Lewinsky wore when they had the affair.”
Another chapter in the ongoing saga involving the disgraceful life of late financier Jeffrey Epstein played out in a news report over the weekend.
According to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, Epstein appeared to threaten Bill Gates after discovering that the co-founder of Microsoft had an affair with a Russian bridge player while he was married to Melinda Gates.
Around 2010, the Microsoft co-founder encountered the woman when she was in her 20s. Subsequently, Epstein crossed paths with her in 2013 and went on to pay for her attendance at a software coding school.
People familiar with the matter state that in 2017, Epstein emailed Gates requesting reimbursement for the expenses incurred during the course, the outlet reported.
Following unsuccessful attempts by the convicted sex offender to convince Gates to join a multibillion-dollar charitable fund alongside JPMorgan Chase, the email in question was sent, the Journal noted. People who have seen it suggest that its underlying implication was that Epstein might disclose their relationship if Gates did not maintain a connection between the two of them.
“Mr. Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes. Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates,” said a spokeswoman for the onetime Microsoft boss.