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Manhattan prosecutor knew Jeffrey Epstein was a pedophile — but argued for leniency anyway: report

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According to the New York Post, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had detailed and damning evidence that billionaire wealth manager Jeffrey Epstein was a dangerous sexual predator, but still argued for leniency during a 2011 sex offender registry hearing.

Confidential state assessments sealed until recently reveal that the state Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders had determined he was likely to continue preying on young girls; that he had scored 130 for risk assessment, which is well above the threshold to register as a level three sex offender; and that all of this information was made available to then-deputy Sex Crimes chief Jennifer Gaffney.

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The judge in Epstein’s case ultimately ruled against Gaffney and designated Epstein a level three offender. But the episode is yet another case of the bizarre unwillingness of legal officials up and down the country to hold Epstein accountable for his crimes.

Epstein has been accused of trafficking girls aged 14 to 17 between sex parties at his estates. Palm Beach police found that he paid these teenagers $200 to $1,000 for erotic massages, often raping them.

The federal investigation of Epstein was suppressed by then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Acosta gave Epstein a bizarrely lenient deal that allowed him to plead guilty to soliciting prostitution, an extremely mild offense given the severity of his alleged crimes. A federal judge recently ruled that Acosta violated the Crime Victims Rights Act by not disclosing the details of this deal to Epstein’s victims.


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‘It’s all up to Republicans’: Columnist wonders when the GOP will stand up to Trump

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President Donald Trump's burgeoning scandal with Ukraine has one columnist wondering when Republicans will put country before party.

"I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it’s largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office," Bloomberg Opinion columnist Jonathan Bernstein wrote. "That’s not to say that there aren’t bad and worse choices for Democrats, but they’re not the ones who have the real decision to make."

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Kellyanne Conway’s husband scorches Democrats for not impeaching Trump in blistering WaPo op-ed

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President Donald Trump has been "emboldened" by congressional inaction, according to a powerful new op-ed published Friday evening by The Washington Post.

The bipartisan appeal was written by prominent Republican attorney George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Neal Katyal, who served as the acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.

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CNN analyst has a question for Dems: ‘How low will Trump have to go for you to impeach him?’

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Following a day of bombshell reports on the rapidly-growing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a CNN analyst wondered it will take for House Democrats to impeach the commander-in-chief.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with NPR, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was still not in favor of impeaching Trump.

CNN analyst and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali wondered what -- if anything -- could result in Speaker Pelosi backing impeachment.

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