Magazine December 31, 2018, Issue

The Epstein Outrage

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)
Why did Alexander Acosta once allow a sexual predator to escape due justice?

Jeffrey Epstein is a people person. “I invest in people — be it politics or science,” he said in 2002. “It’s what I do.”

“Invest in,” “purchase,” what’s the difference? You say “tomato,” I say “serial pedophile.” The two professions Epstein mentioned were evidently not exclusive, for Epstein invested quite a bit in the legal industry also. Kenneth Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Jay Lefkowitz: These guys don’t come cheap. Epstein, who managed billions in assets for wealthy clients after leaving Bear Stearns, saw his legal investments pay off hugely when Miami prosecutors who apparently had enough on him to send him

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