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Jeffrey Epstein photographed partying with future Trump cabinet secretaries after release from jail

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Jeffrey Epstein was photographed nearly a decade ago, just after his release from jail, partying with two future Trump cabinet secretaries and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The well-connected financier attended a 2010 dinner party hosted by David and Julia Koch after a screening of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” that was attended by Giuliani, Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, among others, reported The Daily Mail.

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Epstein had been released two months earlier from jail in Florida after pleading guilty to state charges of procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution.

That non-prosecution agreement, which was widely criticized at the time as too lenient, was reached with future Trump labor secretary Alex Acosta.

Epstein, now 66, was arrested earlier this month on sex trafficking charges after the Miami Herald published a series of investigative reports about the plea agreement, which also led to Acosta’s resignation.

The Wall Street Journal published an article about the dinner party a few days later and noted that Giuliani and Epstein had walked out of the theater around the same time, and quoted one observer noting the “beautifully done meeting of the prosecutor and the felon.”

Designers Tory Burch and Tamara Mellon, billionaires Henry Kravis and Steve Schwarzman and publicist Peggy Siegal also attended the event.

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Epstein’s friendship with President Donald Trump, as well as former president Bill Clinton, has also come under renewed scrutiny following his recent arrest.


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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

The strikes, which began on Thursday, have recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of huge stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

Unions have vowed a second series of mass demonstrations nationwide on Tuesday after big rallies on Thursday and there is expected to be little easing of the transport freezes over the coming days.

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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

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California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday.

Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead.

Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety.

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Russia likely listened to Trump when he used unsecured phone to call Giuliani: security officials

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Russia likely learned of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings months before they were exposed by a whistleblower report, because he used unsecured phone lines to speak with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, current and former officials told The Washington Post.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Phone records released in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report this week showed that Giuliani made multiple calls to a blocked number listed as “-1.” Though Trump is not identified by name in the records, investigators believe the number belongs to Trump, and administration officials confirmed that Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured lines.

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