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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

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But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

“There were other business associates of Mr. Epstein’s who engaged in improper sexual misconduct at one or more of his homes. We do know that,” said lawyer Brad Edwards told Sherman. “In due time the names are going to start coming out.”

Edwards represents Courtney Wild, an Epstein accuser who already testified publicly against him.David Boies, who represents Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre (who worked at Mar-a-Lago), agreed.

“Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out,” said Boies. Another person told Sherman: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”

Again, we should be skeptical of these claims — predicting the outcome of a federal investigation is always dicey. Epstein’s lawyers have legal arguments to make that the charges currently being brought against him by the Southern District of New York are illegitimate. And while these arguments seem likely to fail, federal courts sometimes bring surprises. If the case against Epstein were to fizzle out, anyone else involved in his activities may breathe a sigh of relief.

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It’s also important to note that, while Epstein ran in elite circles, if evidence in his case does implicate others, they might not be household names.

And one of the reasons, after all, that Epstein himself was able to avoid prosecution for so long is that powerful people have ways of manipulating the legal system to their own advantage. If there are others who were involved in his allegedly criminal scheme, we shouldn’t assume they’ll go down without a fight.

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Laura Ingraham wants to remove Adam Schiff from Congress: ‘It’s not clear that congressmen can’t be impeached’

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham floated a novel legal theory on Monday in an attempt to remove Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) from Congress: that members of Congress can be impeached.

"It’s not clear that congressmen can’t be impeached, by the way," Laura Ingraham told Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

"It's not clear that they cannot be impeached," she repeated.

Ingraham was simply wrong on the facts, the constitution does not allow the impeachment of members of Congress.

The constitutional mechanism to remove a member of Congress before the end of their two-year term is for two-thirds of the body to vote to expel the member.

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50 million trapped after China sealed off cities as virus death toll surges

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The United States and other nations raced to get their citizens out of the locked-down Chinese city at ground-zero of a virus epidemic on Tuesday, as the death toll surged to 106 and the number of confirmed infections doubled to over 4,500.

The deadly virus, which experts believe emanated from a wild animal market in the city of Wuhan last month, has triggered a desperate Chinese containment effort after spreading nationwide and to more than a dozen other countries.

The government has sealed off Wuhan and other cities in central Hubei province, effectively trapping more than 50 million people, including thousands of foreigners, in a bid to contain the virus as the high-travel Lunar New Year holiday unfolds.

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Internet smashes ‘hack’ Alan Dershowitz’s argument as ‘contrary to law and fact’

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As Alan Dershowitz went up to defend President Donald Trump Monday evening, he faced off against the increasingly more popular episode of "The Bachelor," who beat the lawyer in the Twitter horse-race of national trends.

Lawyers took to Twitter to respond to the argument outlined by Dershowitz and dispute his assessment of the law. Even Dershowitz admitted to the Senate that his is a "minority view," something legal scholars noted was because it is "wrong."

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