Here's what's astounding about this story: It's recounted in "Siege: Trump Under Fire", the new book by Michael Wolff. I have read that book (published last month) as well as the earlier book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, and I had forgotten this story (which did not seem so closely related to the rest of the mess). Then I read the story in the Daily Mail tonight, which sent me back to Wolff’s book ... damn, it was right there, all along. Per DM:
'Soon after negotiating the deal for the house in Palm Beach, Epstein took Trump to see it, looking for advice on construction issues involved with moving the swimming pool,' writes Wolff.
'But as he prepared to finalize his purchase for the house, Epstein discovered that Trump, who was severely cash-constrained at the time, had bid $41 million for the property and bought it out from under Epstein through an entity called Trump Properties LLC, entirely financed by Deutsche Bank.
I’m skirting the limits of fair use, so I won’t quote anything else here, except to re-iterate what Trump has been saying about his acquaintence with Epstein, recently. This is quite a different tune than the one he was singing in 2002 [this quoted is taken from “Raw Story”, which may or may not be a credible source; however, this quote from Tim O’Brien, author of TrumpNation ...” is reported and paraphrased all over the Netz].
Trump, ever the unrepentant, inveterate liar, has currently been insisting he wasn't friends with Epstein after he was arrested for sex trafficking again, recently. Trump on Epstein now:
I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” Trump told reporters. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn’t a fan. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you. I was not a fan of his.
This is not inconsistent with Trump claiming that their falling out happened after Epstein sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at Mar-a-Lago, alleged to be the daughter of a member, and (I am going to speculate wildly, here) it is not outside the realm of possibility that the person Trump was fronting for could have been this girl’s father. Epstein routinely recruited victims from Mar-a-Lago, according to girls who have accused him.
Whoever it was, was powerful enough to get Trump to back off Epstein, and mess him up. And we KNOW Trump does nothing for anyone else, voluntarily …
The bottom line:
- Epstein was so mad at Trump’s betrayal that he threatened to expose him to the press and the law.
- Since Trump screwed him over and exposed Epstein’s predilection for molesting and raping underage girls and his trafficking these same underage girls to rich/politically connected/important people around the world (in other words, Trump apparently KNEW enough to get a case initiated) according to the Daily Mail and Wolff, Epstein has a VERY GOOD REASON for singing like a Canary to tell everything he knows about Trump
- This theory establishes a DAMN good reason for Barr’s sudden interest in the case, that caused him to unrecuse. I’m going to keep digging into this; stay tuned.
The comment thread I was on in Annieli’s diary:
Diary link: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/23/1873890/-Jeffrey-Epstein-s-bank-of-choice-for-funding-sex-trafficking
Comment Thread: https://www.dailykos.com/comments/1873890/74498131#comment_74498131
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