New Jeffrey Epstein doc should finally lead to a reckoning with Bill Clintonby Maureen Callahan
Will this finally be a reckoning with Bill Clinton?
Of all the scandals Bill has survived, his longtime association with a known pedophile — and an alleged affair with that pedophile’s right-hand woman — should not be one of them.
On Wednesday, Netflix began streaming “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich,” a scathing documentary about the late millionaire pedophile, one with whom Bill Clinton had undeniable links.
Simultaneously, a bombshell excerpt from the new book “A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein,” by Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper — exclusive to The Post — alleges that Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged longtime pimp, carried on an affair.
Maxwell, now in hiding, has been credibly accused of constantly procuring underage girls for Epstein — some as young as 14 years old. She has also been credibly accused of grooming them, teaching them what Epstein preferred sexually, and of sometimes participating in these assaults.
“[Bill’s] stupid but not an idiot,” a source told Goodman and Halper. “That’s why he was around Epstein — to be with [Ghislaine].”
Remember the height of Clinton’s impeachment crisis, in 1998, when he suddenly decided to bomb Sudan and Afghanistan as Monica Lewinsky was testifying before a grand jury? The timing so suspicious, the attacks so unexpected, that even the left-leaning press corps asked about it?
If this alleged affair was, in fact, leaked by Clinton through his team — and his nickname wasn’t Slick Willie for nothing — it would be the ultimate Wag the Dog play. Only in Clintonworld would this story make things better: Sure, Bill hung around with a known pedophile, flew several times on Epstein’s private plane (known to all as “The Lolita Express”) and allegedly visited Epstein’s private island, known alternately as “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island,” but it was all for love with an appropriately-aged woman — just not his wife.
What a relief that would be! Bill had nothing to do with those underage girls Epstein kept around. He was only carrying on with Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficker.
It’s saying something, in our #MeToo era, that Bill Clinton — credibly accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, credibly accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, who took advantage of the presidency to use and discard a White House intern, herself nearly driven to suicide over the way his henchmen defamed and discredited her — is still Teflon.
Even when it comes to this most disgusting association. Truly: Who could ever, ever, justify hanging around with Epstein and Maxwell?
Epstein’s other well-known friends included Prince Andrew, Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein. No mystery as to what they have in common.
Episode Three of this documentary opens with a devastating moment: Epstein, at a deposition, is asked about the charge that he had three 12-year-old girls flown in as a birthday gift.
He doesn’t even blanch.
His lawyer refuses to allow Epstein to answer. Epstein then invokes his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.
Multiple Epstein survivors go on the record in this documentary. They tell remarkably similar stories: how they were lured, groomed, abused, psychologically tortured, sex trafficked.
“Everybody knew,” says survivor Annie Farmer.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the most vocal of Epstein’s accusers, claims that Maxwell came to her one day and said, “Jeffrey and I, we want to have a baby. We want you to have the baby for us.”
That was the moment Giuffre began plotting her escape.
She later sued Maxwell in federal court, charging defamation. The case was settled in 2017, with Maxwell reportedly paying Giuffre millions.
Just seven years earlier, Maxwell had been a guest at Chelsea Clinton’s upstate wedding.
Epstein cut a secret, sweetheart deal with prosecutors in 2008, pleading guilty to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and another count of soliciting a prostitute. For that he did a nominal 13-month sentence, out on work release 12 hours a day, six days a week, served special food and allowed to roam the facility freely and at will.
When released on parole, private investigator Mike Fisten followed Epstein to make sure he wasn’t violating the terms.
Surprise: Epstein was violating the terms, flying to New York, to his private island.
“Every time I brought the probation office a case,” Fisten says in the doc, “they’d say, ‘What would you like us to do? He’s a celebrity.’”
In other words: Epstein’s relationships with wealthy and powerful men allowed him to continue abusing young girls. One victim, in a photo shown in the doc, is so young she has braces on.
In the documentary, we see a photo of a cigar-smoking Bill Clinton on Epstein’s plane. We see Clinton side-by-side with Ghislaine Maxwell in the doorway of that plane. We hear an account of Epstein having public sex with someone on yet another plane ride (one Clinton is not accused of having been on, but a testament to how open Epstein’s depravity was in his circle).
Bill Clinton has denied charges that he ever visited Epstein’s island, though Epstein’s former IT guy, Steve Scully, claims in the doc that he saw Clinton there — at Epstein’s favorite spot, his porch. (Scully also says he quit when he could no longer deny why all these young girls were on the island.)
Clinton also denies ever having an affair with Maxwell.
“It’s a total lie today, it’s a total lie tomorrow, and it’ll be a total lie years from now,” said his spokesman Angel Urena.
If there is one true thing about Bill Clinton, it is this: He is a liar. He lies about lying.
Now, whether you believe the affair story, or even half of what’s in the Netflix documentary, one thing is clear. Bill Clinton knew.