August 14, 2022

Fox News just tried to blame Obama for Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal

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The rapidly expanding scandal around billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has become a disaster for the Trump administration. Epstein was arrested over the weekend in New York on charges related to the sex trafficking of minors.


The current president is a former associate of Epstein’s and was in fact previously accused of raping a 13-year-old girl at one of the serial child molester’s infamous parties. On top of that, Trump made comments about Epstein in 2002 that clearly alluded to underage women.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump said to New York Magazine.

Perhaps even more damningly, Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is the man responsible for letting Epstein off the hook with a shockingly and suspiciously light sentence in 2007 when Acosta was a U.S. Attorney in Florida. Epstein was given a measly 18 months in a private wing of the Palm Beach County Stockade and permitted to go on work release to his office six days a week despite credible claims and evidence that Epstein had sexually abused a horrifying number of underage girls.

When asked about Epstein earlier today, Trump defended Acosta and downplayed his own friendship with the sexual predator in unconvincing fashion. The question seemed to unnerve him, a good sign that he’s worried about what might yet emerge in this story.

Now, Fox News is running interference for our vile president as they always do. The network’s Harris Faulkner and contributor Lawrence B. Jones astonishingly tried to blame Epstein’s deal with Acosta on President Obama, this despite the fact that Obama was not even president when the deal was made.

“I don’t think people are taking a total look at this because there are a lot of things that go into these decisions. A, when’s it’s someone like this involved it does not skip Washington. That means the AG knew about it. That means the investigative agency, the FBI, Bob Mueller,” pontificated Jones.

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“Well as Christine Pelosi said, some of the faves in the Democratic Party may be on a list,” replied Faulkner, fundamentally misrepresenting what the Speaker of the House’s daughter said. Christine Pelosi didn’t voice concern that Democrats might go down due to Epstein but rather that any anyone implicated in these crimes must be held accountable, regardless of their political party.

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“This was in 2008 under a Democratic administration,”  added Jones in either ignorance or dishonesty. Obama wasn’t sworn into office until January of 2009. At the time of the Acosta-Epstein deal, George W. Bush’s Republican administration was in power.

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“Right,” replied Faulkner, agreeing with Jones’s false statement.

“So it’s not just Acosta making a decision like this, other factors go in, and if there was corruption than every investigative agency that was involved with it, including the Attorney General’s office knew something about,” Jone finished, unintentionally implicating even more Republicans in the corrupt deal.

Once again, we see Fox News spewing outright falsities.  Clearly, they’re so accustomed to their viewers eating up whatever misinformation they pump out that they don’t even bother to do basic fact-checking before airing their nonsense. There truly is no low to which they will not sink to protect Donald Trump.

Watch the clip below.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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