Why Trump's White House Is Linked To Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Case | The 11th Hour | MSNBC



this was day 900 of the Trump administration 561 days remain in his presidential term and tonight the Trump White House has a wary eye on an explosive case that the feds announced today to the north here in New York it's a deeply disturbing and lurid sex trafficking case involving this man 66 years old he's a multi-millionaire financier named Jeffrey Epstein who has ties to both the President and notably his labor secretary Alex Acosta more on that angle in a moment today federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York in effect the Manhattan office of the Justice Department charged Epstein with sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted beginning at at least 2002 and continuing until 2005 Epstein is alleged to have abused dozens of victims by causing them to engage in sex acts with him at his mansion in New York and at his estate in Palm Beach Florida the victims all underage girls at the time of the alleged conduct were given hundreds of dollars in cash after each encounter either by Epstein or by one of Epstein's employees the alleged behavior shocks the conscience and while the charged conduct is from a number of years ago it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims now young women they deserve their day in court Epstein is now behind bars he has a bail hearing on Monday if it's up to the feds he will not see the light of day he was arrested when his private jet landed here Saturday night after a flight from Paris his home was raided by the feds at the same time he's had ties to several powerful figures as you can see here and once counted Donald Trump among his friends here is how New York magazine quoted Trump for its profile of epstein back in 2002 quote I've known Jeff for 15 years terrific guide Trump booms from a speakerphone he's a lot of fun to be with it is even said he likes beautiful women as much as I do and many of them are on the younger side no doubt about it Jeffery enjoys his social life Epstein owns a 56 million dollar give or take mansion on the Upper East Side of New York City one of the largest private homes in all of Manhattan prosecutors say they found what they described as quote a vast trove of lewd photographs of young looking women or girls including what they say are clearly labeled CDs of photographs by various categories today's charges have renewed focus on Epstein's previous arrests in Florida for sex crimes involving minors and the non-prosecution agreement he made with the feds back in o8 Epstein's lawyers worked out a deal with the then US Attorney Alex Acosta he would be the now labor secretary in the Trump government the deal Acosta agreed to allow Epstein to plead guilty to less serious state charges required that he register as a sex offender serve about a year in jail most of it in a work-release program with liberal rules of attendance at his nomination hearing in 2017 Acosta defended the deal there's an allegation that I just read that you did not pursue a federal indictment even though your staff had advocated that you do so is that accurate the grand jury in Palm Beach County recommended a single count of solicitation not involving minors I believe and that would have resulted in zero jail time zero registration as a sexual offender and zero restitution for the victims in this case the matter was then presented to the US Attorney's Office we decided that that a sentence or how should I put this debt mr. epsteen should plead guilty to two years register as a sex offender and concede liabilities so that victims could get restitution again he's now facing 45 years that agreement was the focus of a series of investigative reports cited today by the feds by Miami Herald reporter Julie brown earlier this year Trump was asked whether he had any concerns about Acosta's handling of the Epstein case I really don't know too much about it I know he's done a great job as labor secretary and that seems like a long time ago but I know he's been a fantastic labor secretary tonight Politico is reporting the white house is as you may imagine closely watching the coverage of Acosta's past involvement in the Epstein plea deal one Trump advisor who remains close to the administration telling Politico quote the next 72 hours are critical for Acosta this is a settled matter for people in the White House but it's usually the response that kills you on another front Trump's battle with House Democrats over their inquiry into the Muller report may be about to take a more confrontational turn late today House Judiciary Committee released written responses from Annie Donaldson you may remember she served as chief of staff to former White House Counsel Don Magan Donaldson answered the committee's questions on paper notably not in person about potential obstruction of justice by the president the committee says the White House blocked Donaldson from answering 212 of their questions but she did confirm the accuracy of notes she made while working in the White House notes that Muller cited 65 times in his report for instance she confirmed that after Trump fired Comey she wrote in her notes is this the beginning of the end in nine days Muller himself will testify before the House Judiciary and intelligence committees both today the attorney general bill Barr was asked about that upcoming hearing watching I don't know if I'll be watching in real-time but I'm sure what he says will get to me somehow so I was disappointed to see him subpoenaed because I don't think that serves an important purpose dragon-bot Muller up if the in fact is going to stick to the report it seems to me the only reason for doing that is to create some kind of public spectacle and if Bob decides that he doesn't want to be subject to that then the Department of Justice would certainly back him it's a lot to talk about and here for our leadoff discussion on a Monday night Jonathan Lemire White House reporter for The Associated Press Maya Wiley former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York now with the new school here in New York and Katie Ben our Justice Department reporter for The New York Times welcome to all of you Maya let's begin with your old shop the feds here in New York the US attorney asked members of the press corps not to draw conclusions about several things today including but not limited to the fact that this is being argued by the Public Integrity or public corruption Department of the feds here in New York and not those who would normally handle sex trafficking are we doing the right thing and not reading too much into that well I think if the US attorney says don't read too much into it it's important not to jump to conclusions we never should certainly what's in the indictment does not have any public corruption in it right so from what we know so far it is a sex trafficking case there could be other reasons why the Public Integrity Unit might be the lawyers themselves it might be how the staffing is going there certainly could be other reasons but I think the point of the question and the reason we all have the question is because of the clips you showed of mr. Costa and the fact that the the indictment itself does go back to incidents that were covered by that first plea deal and the US attorney also made clear this is not a problem because that plea deal only covered the the Miami office it did not New York and some of the activities happened in New York that gives us jurisdiction we don't have a legal problem here but the fact that it does cover those activities means raises the question is there any investigation into whether or not there was anything inappropriate that was done out of that office mr. Acosta was directly engaged in the discussion about the plea agreement as the US attorney and and remember he didn't even tell the victims about the plea agreement that is not normal that was huge what would it take to get the feds to agree to a deal like this what can you imagine it would take for a US attorney to agree to a deal like this in my experience when line attorneys who are usually quite adept and expert at their jobs make a recommendation to a US attorney about taking something as serious as sex trafficking minors the allegations here they knew there were up to 80 girls in this case I don't have an explanation okay we'll leave it at that having established why this is not double jeopardy Jonathan Lemire let's take on before we talk about the current president let's talk about a former president because Bill Clinton's name has already come up alongside that of Jeffrey Epstein in fairness here is the entire statement from the former president's office tonight President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago or those with which he has been recently charged in New York you know two and oh three President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's plane one to Europe one to Asia two to Africa which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation staff supporters the foundation and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip he had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in Oh two and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein's New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail he's not spoken to Epstein in over a decade and has never been to little st. James island Epstein's ranch in New Mexico or his residence in Florida Jonathan nonetheless there are reports tonight that I've seen on other networks linking Clinton to dozens of flights on Epstein's aircraft and now let's talk about the current President the level of worry according to your reporting in the White House sure first above the Clinton you were right there are reports that up to a dozen or more flights he took on Epstein's airplane which flies in the face of the former president's denial here so that's certainly going to require a lot of scrutiny in the Daisy a ton of bold-faced names absolutely right on both sides of the aisle and in different worlds not just politics maybe business and real estate and so on in terms of the current president the court you are reporting this matter wasn't subjected much of the vetting process for secretary Kosta during the nomination procedure during the transition before he was given the Secretary of Labor Post it is something we know this president his instinct is to give the benefit of the doubt to powerful men when they are accused of things and sometimes it can be issues of than me to movement we have seen him support like say Roger Ailes for instance and of course most famously Roy Moore the Senate candidate Alabama who was accused of interactions with underaged women as well young girls which bears some resemblance of course to what we're seeing here are reporting in the last two 48 hours or so is it leads a couple a couple different threats on one the President himself and most White has his top aides are telling us what Politico is reporting as well that right now a casus job is safe the President himself doesn't see things as a matter of a long time ago doesn't see any immediate need to address situation what any White House but particularly this one with such a media conscious president is going to carefully watch the reaction the reaction in the press certainly also the reaction in Congress there has been some bipartisan criticism of this already there have been some Republicans who have denounced Epstein and are starting to dance around the idea of maybe a Costas should be held accountable as well if that pressure increases then Acosta could be in trouble as of this moment the president's inclined to stick by them but that could change at any instance I'm gonna take a chance and ask you maybe to take a chance at a judgement does this feel like we are on the Eve of what could be called a British style sex ring colossal story in this country it is possible that the rumors about Epstein had been out there for months and years there certainly you know people who traffic in the media business have heard some of them cite Gawker was all over this story as years ago boldface boldface saying that's exactly right there is the possibility that this could all come tumbling down if he were to take a deal if he were to flip if he were to start naming names that could happen at the moment though it remains to be seen but I think it's safe to say that a lot of very powerful and prominent men in this country are nervous tonight okay Epstein does not have to be the one to flip there are three employees in this indictment no reason to think any one of them who apparently were helping to book appointments if they had any information they might flip and the other thing we should remember about mr. Acosta is his labor secretary guess what he's responsible for human trafficking yep I realized that tonight hey Katie to prove we can walk and chew gum and handle more than one topic at a time though all under the same kind of Trump administration umbrella let's talk about the guy you cover for a living and that's the Attorney General at first he told us publicly he would have no objection if mr. Muller wanted to testify up on the hill now he's saying he would back Muller if he decided against it just what is going on there that we can't see well I think that the Attorney General bar is saying something that is technically true he is saying that Bob Miller has already publicly said that if forced to testify before Congress he intends to go no further than the four corners of the 440 page report that he was already written and submitted with the findings of his two-year investigation into both Russian election interference in any contact or cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign so when bill Barr says listen I don't think this is going to make a ton of news because everybody already knows exactly what Robert Muller is going to say he is again technically correct but I think that what this downplays is the real power of having Robert Miller speak publicly will convey to audiences all across the country and across the world we've already seen it happen once when Bob Muller and May decided to come out and give a short speech saying that he was leaving the Justice Department and stepping down a special counsel and he in just 10 minutes outlined his his top line findings his top line findings not Belle bars version of them his top line findings of his investigation including the fact that if he could have exonerated President Trump he would have but he was not able to do so and that reverberated throughout both Washington and the larger national conversation for days and days so who knows what having Robert Miller speak for several hours before two different congressional committees will show and what it will surface for the American public who has not read that report hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on youtube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos

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  1. HEY MR. CROOKED BARR!
    14:50 That's OK because there's no law or power to stop Mueller from changing his mind at any moment, as to what he intends to say.

  2. Protecting Jeffrey in 2008 meant protecting all of his pedo network and friends, more people like himself, maybe Donald Trump. All we need is an eye witness, of course all Donald Trump has to do is say that she's lying, just like all the others, and his base will stand by him. How many victims of Donald Trump are there, we know about the sexual assaults, crimes against humanity, the good American immigrants and now America is a victim of Donald Trump. The abuse, insults, treason, a ton of lies, intentional divisiveness, attacking our freedom of the press and much disrespect to our constitution.

  3. I hope he throws Donald Trump under the bus, provides evidence on Trump for a plea deal and maybe some pee tapes. Trump once called him a terrific guy, Ask him again, Donald Trump will add to that and defend Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump will claim it's the deep state coming after them. He'll say something truthful and stupid, that's just Trump.

  4. The Trump team is going to take down all these sick pedos, rich and connected aint gonna protect them anymore. New sheriff Trump is gonna get them all. Bill and Hill are shaking in their RED shoes. If any of you believe this would have ever happened under Obama or Hillary you are too delusional for rational dialog. God bless our POTUS.

  5. Linking it to Trump. Same people that said he was a Russian agent. Pathetic. MSNBC viewers dumber by the day. But after they lied to you about collusion it’s your own fault for continuing to listen to them

  6. It is not just rich progressive guys who get away with it, so many Republican evangelicals fiddle and marry young girls. There seems to be a culture hidden behind "conservative values" as well. Let's face it, women and girls everywhere, throughout history have been used and abused for the sexual pleasures of men.

  7. This is total Crap
    How can you people
    Get on the air a spew what u do. Your agenda will fail. Tell that to your backers THATS WHY YOU HATE TRUMP AN ANYONE ELSE THAT BELIEVES AS HE DOES.
    YOUR GARBAGE.

  8. Navy seals train "seals, and other water animals" i have a bludoloh he works good on land people and other animals, also have a blac and white bird, that does sean and land salt stuff they work together TGB the way i mean it

  9. Hope they get everyone involved in this case and PROSECUTE all their alleged criminal acts. One Judge already concluded that they broke the law by giving Esptein such a DEAL.

  10. Don't do it answer all questions they don't answer no questions is the reason Mueller have to testify.
    Being sneaky and non transparent is the reason for this. The American people should protest to hear any question that's asked of Mueller.
    Everytime someone in the administration is in deep water to a crime trump makes them leave resign to prevent them from being looked at and he try to silence them by allowing them to just leave to prevent from being questioned and avoid media coverage

  11. here is what you should know about this case: And Trump has nothing to do with it. But Slick Willy does…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k-2JM3Kpo0

  12. @MSNBC
    Of course Dumpty's going to weave and dodge, which he's even better at than Bubba!!!
    My question is why did Obushama appoint Acosta to be FL's US Attorney or was he just a holdover from Dubya?
    We, the People have enough jail cells for them all and their Perps.
    2020 is coming!!!
    Wo0dy

  13. MSNBC and its usual un-hinged TIN-FOIL HAT CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND STUPIDITY. They never learn. And never change. In their arrogance, desperation, and idiocy.

  14. Why was Acosta told not to prosecute Epstein and who told him to do it? There are lots of questions that need to be answered. We want answers or Acosta removed from his position. He has already tried to gut the program charged with investigating human trafficking. That is not doing his job.

  15. This news agency will grasp at anything to destroy Trump.How about trying to tell the truth if that’s possible,in other words report facts and stop making up a dump truck full of BS the public are seriously over your lies

  16. Acosta did his job and was rewarded///Epstein fell out of Grace/and he had something (They) want and Now Have!!! Case Closed!!¡!!

  17. Are you sure you even know what you're talking about! Did you get this misinformation from Russia like the Democrats did to get their salacious and unverified dossier, or just from the Democrats themselves?

  18. And not to mention all the Hollywood actors who also did the same! Major in investigations are taking place by Huber!

  19. We'd rather hear about the 26 times Bill and the 4 times HRC went to Pedo island or flew on lolita express, with under age trafficked children!
    Who do you think you're fooling!

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