The nation’s spy chief, a longtime college president and top women in finance. The circle of people who associated with Jeffrey Epstein years after he was a convicted sex offender is wider than previously reported, according to a trove of documents that include his schedules.
William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2021, had three meetings scheduled with Epstein in 2014, when he was deputy secretary of state, the documents show. They first met in Washington and then Mr. Burns visited Epstein’s townhouse in Manhattan.
Kathryn Ruemmler, a White House counsel under President Barack Obama, had dozens of meetings with Epstein in the years after her White House service and before she became a top lawyer at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2020. He also planned for her to join a 2015 trip to Paris and a 2017 visit to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, invited Epstein, who brought a group of young female guests, to the campus. Noam Chomsky, a professor, author and political activist, was scheduled to fly with Epstein to have dinner at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2015.
None of their names appear in Epstein’s now-public “black book” of contacts or in the public flight logs of passengers who traveled on his private jet. The documents show that Epstein arranged multiple meetings with each of them after he had served jail time in 2008 for a sex crime involving a teenage girl and was registered as a sex offender. The documents, which include thousands of pages of emails and schedules from 2013 to 2017, haven’t been previously reported.
The documents don’t reveal the purpose of most of the meetings. The Wall Street Journal couldn’t verify whether every scheduled meeting took place.
Most of those people told the Journal they visited Epstein for reasons related to his wealth and connections. Several said they thought he had served his time and had rehabilitated himself. Mr. Botstein said he was trying to get Epstein to donate to his school. Mr. Chomsky said he and Epstein discussed political and academic topics.
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Biden CIA Director Met Jeffrey Epstein After Sex Crime Revelations
President Joe Biden’s CIA director William Burns met multiple times with Jeffrey Epstein, years after the late financier was publicly accused of grooming underage girls for sex.
Burns met Epstein in Washington, D.C., and at Epstein’s New York City townhouse in 2014, when the spymaster served as deputy secretary of state, according to the Wall Street Journal. A CIA spokeswoman said Burns met with Epstein for “general advice” on the financial services industry and for career advice on his transition out of government.
Epstein’s sordid past was widely known at the time of those interactions. He registered as a sex offender in 2008 after pleading guilty to attempting to trafficking underage girls. Epstein was publicly accused in 2006 of molesting girls as young as 14. He was indicted on federal charges in 2019 with trafficking multiple underage girls for sex at his homes in New York and Florida. He killed himself in jail while awaiting trial.
Burns is certain to face scrutiny in Washington over his ties to Epstein, as well as his failure to disclose the relationship. Links to Epstein have proved a liability for government officials and business leaders in the past. In 2021, Senate Democrats delayed a vote for Eric Lander, Biden’s first director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, because of his affiliation with Epstein years earlier at Harvard.
According to CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp, Burns was introduced to Epstein through a mutual friend and met with him regarding the financial services sector and his transition out of government service. The spy chief did not look into Epstein’s background before arranging to meet, the spokeswoman said.
“The director did not know anything about him, other than that he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector,” Kupperman Thorp said. “They had no relationship.”
According to the Journal, Epstein met dozens of times with Kathryn Ruemmler, who served in the Obama White House and is now the general counsel for Goldman Sachs. Epstein in 2015 and 2016 also arranged meetings with activist Noam Chomsky, then a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to discuss politics and academic research.
The disclosures add to a growing list of business leaders, Beltway insiders, and celebrities who embraced Epstein even after his criminal sex convictions became widely known. Microsoft founder Bill Gates visited Epstein’s home numerous times and took frequent trips on Epstein’s jet. Democratic donor Reid Hoffman organized a dinner with Epstein in 2015. He apologized in 2019 for hosting the event, which he said had helped Epstein rehabilitate his public image.
Before he was ever accused of sex crimes, Epstein forged close ties to former presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton flew dozens of times on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express.”
You should have sold last Spring! As house sale profits plunge by as much as $254,000 in a year, we reveal where sellers have been hit hardest
- The average profit made on a family home has fallen to a two-year low
- Homeowners are now raking in a 44 percent profit on homes, compared to 56.1 percent last Spring
- It comes after separate data showed house prices suffered their biggest annual decline since 2012
Sellers are taking a ‘significant hit’ on property sales as the average profit made on a family home dropped to a two-year low.
Data from real estate analytics firm Attom found that profit margins – the difference between the purchase and resale price – fell to 44 percent in the first three months of the year.
It marked a 12-percentage point drop since last Spring when profit margins reached their peak of 56.1 percent.
It comes after separate data showed house prices had suffered their biggest annual decline since 2012, as rising interest rates deterred would-be buyers from moving.
Rob Barber, Attom’s chief executive officer, said: ‘Homeowners are starting to take a significant hit in the form of lost profits from the recent market slowdown.
‘Nine months of varying price declines around the country have carved away almost a quarter of the profit margin sellers were enjoying in early 2022.
‘That’s a striking reversal of what we saw for a decade.’
Researchers noted that the biggest drops came from areas where prices had risen fastest during the last two years.
The worst affected state was California where five metro areas saw profits drastically decline since the second quarter of 2022.
Among them was Oakland and Hayward in San Francisco where $254,000 was wiped off family homes.
Homes made an average of $316,000 in profit this year, down from $570,000 last Spring.
Similarly properties in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara in San Jose saw their average profit margin drop from $700,000 to $475,000.
And in Round Rock, Austin, Texas, the profit made on a home dropped from $245,000 to $139,587 between the end of last year and the beginning of 2021.
The data only looked at homes in metro areas that had a population of 200,000 or more and at least 1,000 single-family homes.
Homeowners who have sold their properties so far this year had owned them for an average of 5.59 years.
Overall 93 out of the 137 areas analyzed saw their average profit margin on house sales either decline or remain flat.
Far-Left Vice Preparing to File For Bankruptcy
Far-left Vice is preparing to file for bankruptcy.
The company was once valued at $5.7 billion is struggling to find a buyer, the New York Times said.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported Vice was having trouble paying its bills.
In early March it was reported Vice had brought in a ‘restructuring guru’ to help the ailing company.
It turns out Americans are rejecting the woke agenda.
Far-left Buzzfeed News shut down last month.