MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called for a new investigation into billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory behavior — and conduct by his rich and powerful friends.
The 65-year-old Epstein served only 13 months on prostitutions charges in a Florida county jail after reaching a secret plea agreement with then-federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta — now President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor.
“By the way, 14-year-old girls are not prostitutes, 14-year-old girls are sex slaves,” Scarborough said. “The fact that a prosecutor in the United States of America, first of all, would try to give this guy a free ride by calling a 14-year-old girl who was his sex slave and who was raped by the laws of the state of Florida a, quote, prostitute, shows you the bad faith that this deal was done in.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski called the deal “poisonous” because was reached without input from the dozens of victims identified by investigators, and prevented their allegations from becoming public.
“The deal was done in secret, preventing Epstein’s alleged victims from testifying at his sentencing,” she said. “It also shut down the federal investigation concealing the extent of his alleged crimes, and it granted immunity to any potential co-conspirators.”
A new lawsuit seeks to undo the controversial plea agreement as a violation of the federal Crime Victims Act — and Scarborough said the entire case should be re-examined.
“This is a massive cover up,” he said, “and the justice department needs to dig into it, the state of Florida needs to dig into it.”
Epstein was friends with both Trump and former President Bill Clinton, along with other rich and powerful men such as Alan Dershowitz, and the co-hosts agreed the facts should come out.
“If #MeToo means anything, this goes down, this story comes out,” Brzezinski said.
Co-host Willie Geist said Epstein’s conduct was too egregious to be sugarcoated.
“This man has been described as a creep,” Geist said. “No, he is a child rapist, let’s be clear about what he has done here.”
Doctor fighting fraud charge cites Donald Trump in his defense of doling out COVID-19 drug
As President Donald Trump promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine, one California doctor took his recommendations to the bank.
According to the San Diego Tribune, Dr. Jennings Staley is being charged in what appears to be the first case involving the drug. The FBI is charing Staley with mail fraud as part of an effort hailing hydroxychloroquine as a "miracle cure" and the "magic bullet" to an undercover agent posing as a patient, court documents say.
The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters
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A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.
There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.
Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist
In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.
As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."