Now that the media is finally interested in the 2006 Jeffrey Epstein child sex case, perhaps we can get an answer to the most intriguing question: Why does he keep escaping justice on essentially the same child molestation charges?
The only reason for the media’s flood-the-zone coverage of Epstein — 13 years late — is that they think they’ve found a Trump connection. (Trump was friendly with Epstein 15 years ago — before banning him from Mar-a-Lago for life after he hit on a young girl working there.)
The main hook is: Trump’s Labor secretary, Alex Acosta, accepted a disreputable plea deal with Epstein while serving as a U.S. attorney under President Bush. But just between us, Acosta’s not the real villain.
It’s easy to forget, but Epstein’s arrest this week marks the third attempted prosecution of him for sex with underage girls.
It’s certainly been easy for the media to forget! In The New York Times’ version of events the Palm Beach police discovered Epstein was paying minor girls from West Palm Beach for sex ... and then took the case straight to the FBI!
That seems odd: Why wouldn’t police bring their case to the local prosecutor, who was overseeing the investigation and issuing subpoenas? Because they did. Unfortunately, the local prosecutor in this case was a sleazebag, activist Democrat named Barry Krischer.
When Krischer, then Palm Beach state attorney, found out the target was Epstein, a big Democratic donor, he refused to prosecute. Acosta may have buckled in the end, but at the time, he was a knight in shining armor rushing in after Krischer killed the case.
Pretty much everything we know about Epstein’s (alleged) molestation of minors is known because of the original 11-month investigation by the Palm Beach police, tied up in a bow and handed to Krischer in 2006.
The police had sworn statements from ... five underage girls who said they’d been paid to engage in sex acts with Epstein, as well as statements from 17 other witnesses.
One of Epstein’s procurers, 20-year-old Haley Robson, told the police she had first met Epstein when she was 17 years old .. and he paid her to give him a naked massage, whereupon he sexually assaulted her.
Robson said she’d brought at least six minor girls to Epstein, and they’d been paid $200 to $1,000 apiece for naked massages and sex acts. Combing through Epstein’s garbage, the police found papers with names and phone numbers, sex toys and thong panties.
Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter presented all this to Barry Krischer in early 2006. But as soon as Krischer found out the perp was Jeffrey Epstein, his “tone and tenor” about the case “changed completely.” So instead of charging Epstein, Krischer took the highly unusual step of presenting the case to a grand jury. The jurors returned an indictment on only a single count, “solicitation of prostitution” — despite what I’m sure was Krischer’s very best effort!
Nothing about molestation of minors. Nothing about lewd and lascivious conduct with minors. And for his co-conspirators — nothing at all.
So what did Epstein get as his sentence? Probation.
1) The case against Epstein is no stronger today than it was in 2006 — yet when the story broke, there was virtually zero national coverage. There was an opening segment on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” a few items in The New York Post and Florida papers, followed months later by a Page-19 story in the Times.
2) The deal Acosta’s office struck with Epstein required him to plead guilty to state crimes — no federal offenses at all. But how on earth has Krischer emerged smelling like a rose? He’s the one who engineered the main cover-up! Are Epstein’s powerful friends rewarding him with a cloak of invisibility?
3) Without Acosta stepping in to at least try to clean up after Krischer, Epstein never would have served a single day in jail. He never would have had to register as a sex offender. He never would have been required to pay the victims a cent in restitution.
Yet Acosta is treated as the only villain in this case. Where is Krischer?
He’s still a member in good standing of the Florida bar. Last December, Krischer was honored by the Anti-Defamation League for making “an outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to the community at large, while exemplifying the principles upon which [the ADL] was founded.”
But just so you know, that isn’t the whole story.
Ann Coulter is a syndicated conservative columnist.