Opinions on Jeffrey Epstein Case Show Left/Right Divide

Headline Roundup July 9th, 2019

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was indicted Monday after authorities allegedly uncovered evidence of underage sexual abuse and exploitation in his Manhattan home.

The extent of Epstein's connections to former President Bill Clinton, current President Donald Trump and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta have provided multiple angles for news coverage. Right-leaning outlets are focusing in on discrepancies between Clinton's accounts of his interactions with Epstein and official international flight records; left-leaning voices are focusing on a secret plea deal given to Epstein by Acosta when he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and how that places pressure on both Trump and Acosta; outlets in the center are mostly covering all of Epstein's prominent relationships, and speculating about which other well-known people may have been involved in the alleged abuse.

Opinions on Jeffrey Epstein Case Show Left/Right Divide

From the Right
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Bill Clinton issues a statement about accused underage sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein:

In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip.

That statement does not match previous reporting by Fox News that is based upon flight logs filed with the Federal Aviation Administration....

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From the Center
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One intriguing aspect of a new criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein is that the matter is assigned to the Public Corruption Unit of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office. As its name implies, that unit typically handles cases involving public officials. Epstein is instead the billionaire money manager who socializes with powerful people such as Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.

On Monday, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced criminal charges against Epstein, alleging that he “sexually exploited and abused dozens of underage girls”...

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From the Left
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On Monday, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed a 14-page indictment against Jeffrey Epstein, charging the wealthy financier with operating and conspiring to operate a sex trafficking ring of girls out of his luxe homes on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in Palm Beach, Fla., “among other locations.”

Even in the relatively sterile language of the legal system, the accusations against Mr. Epstein are nauseating. From “at least in or about” 2002 through 2005, the defendant “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor...

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