NYT Columnist Comes Out, Says Epstein Told Him He Has Major Dirt On Powerful People
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On Monday, James B. Stewart of the New York Times came out with a bombshell report saying that exactly a year ago, accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein told him that he had dirt on some very powerful people. Stewart sat down with Epstein for a 90-minute conversation in Epstein's Manhattan mansion.
"The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it," Stewart wrote. "He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use."
Stewart added, "So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein's suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him."
According to Stewart, the accused sex trafficker "made no secret of his own scandalous past — he'd pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution from underage girls and was a registered sex offender — and acknowledged to me that he was a pariah in polite society."
Stewart writes that he seemed "unapologetic," adding that his high profile "was what made so many people willing to confide in him. Everyone, he suggested, has secrets and, he added, compared with his own, they seemed innocuous."
Stewart visited Epstein's mansion to discuss Tesla however Epstein "was more at ease discussing his interest in young women."
"He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable," Stewart notes. "He pointed out that homosexuality had long been considered a crime and was still punishable by death in some parts of the world."
Stewart writes that he noticed photos of Epstein with prominent people including Bill Clinton.
"I noticed one of Mr. Epstein with former President Bill Clinton, and another of him with the director Woody Allen," Stewart said. "Displaying photos of celebrities who had been caught up in sex scandals of their own also struck me as odd."
Months after the visit, Stewart says that he was contacted by Epstein who asked him if he would like to be his biographer. Stewart said no.
"That was the last I heard from him. After his arrest and suicide, I'm left to wonder: What might he have told me?"
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in an apparent suicide on Saturday morning. Epstein was facing 45 years in prison for sex trafficking minors.
In a statement, Attorney General Bill Barr said he was "appalled" when he heard about Epstein's death considering the pedophile was on suicide watch for a suicide attempt which took place in July.
"Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered," Barr said. "In addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death."
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