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Bill Clinton ‘Not Telling the Truth’ About Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Allegations: Investigative Journalist

By Zachary Stieber

Former president Bill Clinton isn’t telling the truth about his lack of knowledge about Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse and sex trafficking, according to an investigative journalist who first detailed some of the allegations against Epstein in 2010.

Clinton’s camp released a statement on July 8 saying the former president “knows nothing about the terrible crimes” allegedly committed by Epstein, a hedge fund manager.

The 66-year-old financier was charged with one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy. Authorities said he operated a sex trafficking ring that primarily consisted of girls under the age of 18, with some as young as 14, and that officers discovered nude photographs of females that appeared to be underage when raiding his New York mansion.

The statement from Clinton’s press secretary claimed that the ex-president took “a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” in 2002 and 2003.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in Las Vegas
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

But Conchita Sarnoff, a journalist who also serves as executive director of Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, said that the figure isn’t accurate.

“I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein’s 27 times,” she told the right-leaning Fox News, adding that “many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not.”

The statement from Clinton’s representative said Clinton Foundation staff and supporters, as well as Secret Service agents, traveled with Clinton when he was on a plane with Epstein.

“I’m saying, sadly, that he is not telling the truth,” Sarnoff added, noting that an attorney who represented Epstein said years ago that Epstein was one of the original founders of the Clinton Foundation.

Jeffrey Epstein Appears In Manhattan Federal Court On Sex Trafficking Charges
A protest group called “Hot Mess” hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City on July 8, 2019. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Flight logs obtained by Fox in 2016 showed that Clinton took at least 26 trips on Epstein’s plane, known as the “Lolita Express.” During at least five of the flights, he ditched his Secret Service detail.

“Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including ‘Tatiana,'” Fox reported at the time.

“The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.”

Virginia Roberts, who said she was sex trafficked by Epstein when she was 15, has said she saw Clinton at Epstein’s private island in 2002, but the logs didn’t show Clinton on any flights to the area.

Jeffrey Epstein Appears In Manhattan Federal Court On Sex Trafficking Charges
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein in New York City on July 8, 2019. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

The logs showed Clinton flying on the plane to Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, London, Norway, Russia, and other locations.

Only Epstein was charged by the Southern District of New York this week. The charges said three associates, two in Florida and one in New York, helped him operate the sex trafficking ring but the alleged co-conspirators are not named.

Authorities said they wouldn’t answer questions about anyone linked to Epstein even as Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told supporters that “it is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated” in the case.

Authorities urged anyone who believes they were a victim of Epstein to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.