Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri says there are people on both sides of the political spectrum in the U.S. with whom Jeffrey Epstein was affiliated — high-profile figures across the aisle who are now scrambling to limit the fallout surrounding the dead pedophile.
Palmeri, the new host of the podcast Broken: Seeking Justice, appeared on Hill TV’s morning program Rising, during which she discussed the alleged connections Epstein had with Republicans and Democrats alike.
In recent days, it has been reported by the Daily Beast that Bill Clinton, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and others sat for an exclusive L.A. meal in 2014, well after Epstein had been accused by at least one woman. Maxwell herself is now awaiting trial for enticement of minors, sex trafficking of children, and perjury; Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell last year, before he could be tried for sex trafficking.
Clinton says he knew nothing at any point about Epstein’s crimes, and that he was never at Epstein’s private property in the Virgin Islands. However, court records from a defamation lawsuit between Maxwell and alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre appear to indicate that Clinton flew to Epstein’s island on a helicopter, Forbes has reported. Maxwell was an attendee at the wedding of Chelsea Clinton in 2010.
However, Palmeri said it’s not just Democrats who are in damage limitation mode.
“Republicans were banking on the fact that Democrats weren’t going to ask about Epstein because of their connection with Bill Clinton,” she said on the podcast. “And the Democrats would say he has connections with President Trump. It’s on both sides of the aisle and hits all structures of society.”
“At a certain point,” she said, “I think these people start to think they’re untouchable, and they kind of are.”
There are several photos of Trump and Epstein together from the 1990s and early 2000s. Trump denies ever having a personal relationship with Epstein, despite saying, in a 2002 New York Magazine feature about the dead financier, that they had by that point long known each other.
“He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump said of Epstein at the time. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Palmeri, a former White House correspondent, is now hosting the second season of Broken: Seeking Justice, which focuses on those around Epstein who are still alive, including the survivors of alleged sexual assault, and his former associates.
Palmeri says she cares more about this story than any other she’s covered in her career.
“I felt like the Jeffery Epstein story is a reflection of our society, how we treat victims,” Palmeri said. “What people can get away with if they have enough money, enough power and enough connections”