Is there a connection?
A woman who has long claimed that Jeffrey Epstein and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell kept her as a “sex slave” alleges the duo forced her to have sex with two prominent Democratic politicians: George Mitchell and Bill Richardson.
Mitchell served as a U.S. senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, even rising to become Senate majority leader in 1989 until 1995. Richardson represented New Mexico in the House, served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, served in former President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as Energy Secretary, served as New Mexico’s governor between 2003 and 2011, and ran for president in 2008.
The connections were revealed in a cache of nearly 2,000 documents that federal prosecutors with the Southern District of New York unsealed Friday.
The documents that provide high-profile names were part of a 2015 federal defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell.
Giuffre claimed in multiple court depositions “to have been trafficked to have sex with and provide erotic massages to powerful politicians, foreign leaders and well-heeled businessmen,” Fox News reported.
More from the Miami Herald:
The names of some prominent men Giuffre says she was directed to have sex with are spattered throughout the approximately 2,000 pages released Friday.
Besides Mitchell, they include: the late scientist Marvin Minsky, modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, 71, Hyatt hotels magnate Tom Pritzker, 69, and prominent hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin, 62. Giuffre has previously identified Epstein’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, 80, and Prince Andrew, 59, as two of the people with whom she had sex.
All the men have issued denials, with some, including Dershowitz, insisting they never met Giuffre.
Giuffre worked at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in the early 2000s when she claims Maxwell approached her about becoming a masseuse for Epstein, the documents say. She was still a teenager at the time.
According to the Herald, Giuffre also alleges in sworn testimony to have met Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore. Giuffre said she did not have knowledge that Trump or Clinton ever had intimate contact with the group of girls that Epstein kept for sex.
“We know both Trump and Clinton were associated with Epstein at various times in various ways, but in terms of what we have, there’s no indication that any of the three of them did anything improper,” Guiffre’s lawyer, David Boies, told the Herald.
What did Mitchell and Richardson say?
Mitchell told Fox News: “The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”
“In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact,” he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Richardson called the allegations “completely false.”
“Governor Richardson has never even been contacted by any party regarding this lawsuit,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls. Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.”
Author: Chris Enloe