Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jeffrey Epstein investigation expands into private island and New Mexico

Jeffrey Epstein investigation expands into private island and New Mexico

"This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations", the prosecutors wrote in court papers obtained by NBC News.

Federal prosecutors in NY accused Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire charged with sex trafficking, of possible witness tampering, saying in a court filing Friday he made $350,000 in payments to two possible co-conspirators after a series of newspaper stories alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls.

Earlier on Friday, US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced his resignation after public pressure for his role in approving Epstein's 2007 non-prosecution agreement.

Epstein, 66, was first convicted of underage sex offences in 2008 when he agreed a plea deal in Florida.

Follow Trend on Telegram. Epstein has sought to be released from jail and allowed to remain under house arrest in his Manhattan mansion. He remains behind bars until his July 15 bail hearing.

In a statement Friday, Jack Scarola, an attorney in Palm Beach who represents some of Epstein's accusers, called Acosta's decision to leave his post in President Trump's Cabinet "very good news". He instead pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and is a registered sex offender.

"Alex called me this morning and wanted to see me", President Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House on a trip to Wisconsin yesterday.

A Florida lawyer who represents several Epstein victims welcomed Acosta's resignation.

Acosta's resignation came amid USA media reports that Epstein paid off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them.

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Patrick Pizzella, the present labour deputy secretary, will change into performing secretary when Mr Acosta officially steps down in one week, Mr Trump acknowledged.

He is accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005 at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida.

But he added: "It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that's 12 years old".

Mr Acosta had responded to the criticism on Tuesday with tweets saying Mr Epstein's crimes were "horrific" and that he was glad prosecutors were moving forward based on new evidence and testimony that could "more fully bring him to justice". He has pleaded not guilty, and wants bail.

Multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein donated significant sums of money to several schools in the United States and overseas - including to an exclusive all-girls school blocks from his Upper East Side mansion, an analysis of his finances found.

Both Trump and former president Bill Clinton were acquainted with Epstein, but have taken pains after the Herald reporting to distance themselves from the hedge fund manager.

In a 2002 profile in New York Magazine, Mr Trump referred to Epstein as a "terrific guy". "It's even stated that he likes lovely females as unprecedented as I attain, and a lot of them are on the younger facet".

Meanwhile, speculation mounted about Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands.

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