NY Times‘ puff piece – Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein: How Are They Connected?
“At one point, Mr. Epstein’s personal phonebook, which was submitted as an exhibit in a court case against Mr. Epstein and was published by BuzzFeed in 2015, contained more than 20 numbers, emails and addresses to get in touch with Mr. Clinton, most of them listed under Mr. Band’s name.
Earlier this year, The Daily Beast reported that a charity organization formerly run by Mr. Epstein, the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2006. As of Tuesday, the foundation was named on a list of donors on the Clinton Foundation’s website.
“Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein forged a close relationship with former President Bill Clinton and helped conceive an arm of the Clinton Foundation, his lawyers said in a 2007 letter to federal prosecutors.
“Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project ‘bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt wrote in the letter, according to Fox News, which first reported the matter in 2016.”
“On July 18, 2006, the Clinton Foundation received a $25,000 check from the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, whose president was known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of Bill Clinton. The donation is revealed in the C.O.U.Q. Foundation’s 990 tax form, filed with the IRS.”
” . . . this unrestricted donation to the Clinton Foundation is proof that Clinton did not cut all ties after Epstein was accused of pedophilia.”
“. . . Epstein provided initial financing to Wexner’s YLK Charitable Fund more than 10 years ago, even as Wexner and his wife started to break away from the financier after the initial accusations surfaced, according to someone in their inner circle. . . .”
“Just before Epstein began a 13-month jail term, his firm, the Financial Trust Co., based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and his own nonprofit, The C.O.U.Q. Foundation, contributed a combined $46 million plus to YLK , according to a 2008 990 disclosure form. Wexner became YLK’s director in 2010 and his wife Abigail was president in 2008.”