Former President Bill Clinton has been through his share of sex scandals in his life, and he’s responding to this one the same way he has responded to all the rest of them: Abject, flat-out denial. We’ll see if those denials hold up any better than his previous ones.
In a statement on Monday, a spokesman for Clinton said that the former president had no knowledge of the underage sex crimes that Jeffrey Epstein is being charged with.
“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” the statement read. “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: One to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip.”
The statement continued: “He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”
Well, that’s all well and good, but it doesn’t change the fact that the two men were close friends for a very long time. And by Clinton’s own admission, he was gallivanting around the world with this accused sex trafficker for years. According to a Fox News report, Clinton flew on Epstein’s private jet at least 26 times. The jet that his accusers call the “Lolita Express,” by the way. It is also worth noting that while Clinton claims that Secret Service traveled with him on “every leg of every trips,” flight records show that there were no agents with the former president on that 2002 Asia trip. Just saying.
This weekend, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine tweeted out a warning to her liberal followers: “Some of our faves,” she said, might get caught up in the Epstein charges. Was she talking about Clinton?
In an interview with Fox News, investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff, who was responsible for bringing Epstein’s accusations to light in 2010, said that she did not believe Clinton’s disavowals.
“Almost every time that Clinton’s name is on the pilot logs, there are underage girls – there are initials and there are names of many, many girls on that private plane,” she said. “I’m saying, sadly, that he is not telling the truth.”
The real truth, at long last, may be ready to catch up with good ol’ Slick Willie.