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Cindy McCain On Epstein: “We All Knew What He Was Doing”

Description: Senator John and Mrs. Cindy McCain Date: 2 February 2008, 14:54:59 Source: originally posted to Flickr as John McCain and wife Author: Chris "Mojo" Denbow

“Epstein was hiding in plain sight. We all knew about him. We all knew what he was doing, but we had no one that was – no legal aspect that would go after him. They were afraid of him. For whatever reason, they were afraid of him.”

Cindy McCain, Sen. John McCain’s widow, told the State of the World 2020 conference in Florida earlier this month that “we all knew what he was doing,” in reference to Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring, adding further speculation to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the pedophile’s shockingly lenient treatment by law enforcement and his mysterious death.

“We’re talking about the Jeffrey Epstein thing” McCain said at the conference. “He’s in hell I hope, I hope he’s in hell right now. He deserves to be. A girl from my daughter’s high school was one of his victims, that’s how close to home it came to us on this.”

McCain was then asked by an attendee how to fight against sex trafficking despite the many rich and powerful participants like Epstein who seem to be “untouchable”:

“The perception of a lot of young people is that there is an untouchable ring of governmental and economic elites in this country, that not only benefit, but actively participate in sex trafficking. Jeffrey Epstein was an example – Robert Kraft was arrested, not far from here on trafficking charges – and so we.. in terms of this as a grassroots movement to push to combat against this issue – are these power players a priority for us right now, can we even touch them.. or is this a pipe dream that we need to address in the future, somehow?”

“You know it’s like everything, it hides in plain sight,” McCain answered. “Epstein was hiding in plain sight. We all knew about him. We all knew what he was doing, but we had no one that was – no legal aspect that would go after him. They were afraid of him. For whatever reason, they were afraid of him.”

“All of the sudden someone said BS,” McCain continued. “We’re not afraid of you any more and what you are doing is not only wrong it’s illegal, it’s all of those things. It’s like a house of cards now, it’s going to start tumbling, believe me. And these guys – if they don’t leave the country – they’re going to get caught… and they’re going to be made examples of.”

Alleged former Israeli spy Ari Ben-Menashe, journalist Vicki WardMintpress’ Whitney Webb, and journalist Eric Margolis have posed Epstein’s alleged ties to the intelligence community as reason for the bizarre circumstances surrounding his prosecution and imprisonment.

Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was a federal prosecutor in charge of the Epstein case in 2008, but accepted a 13-month plea deal for the high-profile pedophile that granted immunity to all of his co-conspirators and shut at least 40 of his teenage accusers out of the process. Epstein was given “work release privileges” for his 13-month sentence that allowed him to leave the jail six days a week, 12 hours a day, to work in a comfortable office. According to the Miami Herald, sheriff department rules clearly state that sex offenders are not qualified for work release.

In an article with the Daily Beast, journalist Vicky J. Ward alleged that Epstein’s former prosecutor and Trump administration Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was told to back off the Epstein case because he “belonged to intelligence.”

“’Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?’ Acosta had been asked,” wrote Ward. “Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had ‘been told’ to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. ‘I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,’ he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)”

As Citizen Truth wrote earlier this month, U.S. prosecutors said that surveillance video taken outside Epstein’s cell during his first alleged suicide attempt was permanently deleted as “a result of technical errors,” continuing a long series of extreme irregularities – including falsified guard records, other malfunctioned cameras, inconsistencies with the ligature allegedly used for suicide, strange wounds, muscle hemorrhaging, and an injection mark, to name a few – that surrounded the high-profile sex offender‘s death and imprisonment. Some pathologists, most notably Michael Baden, argue that Epstein’s autopsy is more consistent with homicide.

Attorney General William Barr, who oversees the Bureau of Prisons, has called the strange circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death the “perfect storm of screw ups.” Barr was originally asked to recuse himself from the case because of his past connections with Epstein, having formerly worked at Kirkland and Ellis, a prominent law firm that has represented the registered sex offender. Barr’s father also reportedly hired Epstein to work at an elite Manhattan private school in the 1970s, even though he did not have a degree.

The warden in charge when Epstein died was recently promoted to a cushy new supervisor role, reported the Daily Mail.

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ top law enforcement officer filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that Epstein continued to sexually traffick hundreds of young women and girls, some as young as 12, to his private Caribbean island as recently as 2018, a decade after Acosta negotiated his “sweetheart plea deal” with Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr, and other Epstein defense lawyers.

Journalist Julie K. Brown, whose 2018 investigation into Epstein’s plea deal caught public attention and led to his second arrest, insinuated that high levels of the government were aware that Epstein continued his massive child trafficking operation after his 2008 plea deal:

 

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Peter Castagno

Peter Castagno is a staff writer and assistant editor at Citizen Truth.

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