Documents reportedly show sex offender arranged meetings with future CIA chief, Obama aide and Rothschild banker
Future CIA director William Burns, banker Ariane de Rothschild and a former aide to US President Barack Obama are among the figures who met with financier Jeffrey Epstein after his public registration as a child sex offender, according to a newly discovered treasure. documents of the deceased financier.
Previously unreleased documents, including thousands of pages of emails and schedules from 2013 to 2017, reveal that Epstein booked several meetings with such prominent figures as US spy chief William Burns and with Kathryn Ruemmler, a former White House attorney who later became a top lawyer. at Goldman Sachs Group, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. All of the encounters were arranged after Epstein served a prison sentence in 2008 for recruiting a teenage girl into prostitution in Florida.
Burns, then deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, first met Epstein in 2014 in Washington and later visited his Manhattan townhouse twice, the documents show. CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp told the WSJ that Burns knew nothing of the notorious financier. “Other than that, he was introduced as an expert on the financial services industry and offered general advice on transitioning to the private sector.”
Ruemmler had a professional relationship with Epstein, who introduced her to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and other potential legal clients, a Goldman Sachs spokesperson told the newspaper. “I regret ever having known Jeffrey Epstein”, said Rümmler.
The WSJ said the documents suggested Epstein knew his guests well. For example, he had an assistant make sure avocado sushi rolls were served during his meeting with Ruemmler. He and his team also discussed whether Ruemmler would be uncomfortable with the presence of young women in his townhouse. One visitor, anthropologist Helen Fisher, said after a 2016 lunch with Epstein at the townhouse, he invited her to speak with his staff, and six attractive young women entered the room.
Ruemmler, who has had dozens of meetings with Epstein over the years, was introduced by the convicted pedophile to de Rothschild, the documents show. After the IPO, the de Rothschild family’s Swiss private bank hired Ruemmler’s law firm to help with regulatory issues in the United States.
In 2013, Epstein asked de Rotshchild to help find him a new assistant, “woman . . . multilingual, organized. She agreed to “Ask around you.” He had more than a dozen meetings with de Rothschild and asked for his help with expensive furniture and cases.
After Epstein was arrested in 2019 for alleged sex trafficking of underage girls, the bank, Edmond de Rothschild Group, claimed de Rothschild had never met the financier and had no business connection with him. The bank told the WSJ that its earlier statement was incorrect and that de Rothschild had met Epstein in the course of his normal duties, but it had no knowledge of the legal proceedings against him or concerns about his conduct.
The earlier case against Epstein in Florida drew widespread media coverage and led some politicians to return donations to the financier. Some business associates, like retail billionaire Leslie Wexner, have severed ties with him. “Despite the negative press, Epstein’s days were filled from morning to night with meetings with important figures”, said the WSJ.
Previously reported Epstein documents showed he had ties to celebrities including Gates, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew. He died in a New York prison in 2019, allegedly by suicide. His death resulted in the same “Epstein did not commit suicide” which suggested that he was killed to conceal evidence about powerful people with whom he was associated.
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Documents uncovered by the WSJ showed Epstein also held meetings with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Bard College President Leon Botstein, author Noam Chomsky, director Woody Allen and Joshua Cooper Ramo, while co-CEO of Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm.