Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In an era of fake news, fake security threats By The Wayne Madsen Report



In an era of fake news, fake security threats
By The Wayne Madsen Report

Fake air travel security threats have joined the current fake news fad. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, as well as their British counterparts, have announced a ban on laptop computers, tablets, cameras, Kindles and other e-readers, DVD players, and game consoles in carry-on baggage on the flights of certain airlines originating from or destined to a series of predominantly Muslim nations. Passengers flying from or the designated airports are required to pack laptops and tablets in their check luggage. The decision has resulted in criticism from technical experts in the fields of communications, information technology, and improvised explosive devices or IEDs. Unlike the American ban, the British ban on carry-on items includes certain types of cell phones.

The British ban applies to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. ban applies to Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. While the British include Tunisia and Lebanon on their list, the U.S. does not. On the other hand, while the U.S. list includes Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE on its list, the British do not. U.S.-flag carriers are not affected by the ban, which is unusual since the threats are said to be with the particular airports of departure and destination. American, United, and Delta, which all fly to some of the airports subject to the ban, remain free of the device ban in passenger cabins. Some air travel industry experts believe the Trump administration has imposed the ban as a method of giving the U.S. carriers an advantage over Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, which all receive subsidies from the governments of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar, respectively. Canada may initiate a similar ban in coming days.

The airports covered by the U.S. ban are Queen Alia International Airport in Amman; Cairo International Airport in Egypt; Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul; King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait International Airport; Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco; Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; and Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE. The British ban applies to Ataturk in Istanbul, Rafik Hariri International in Beirut, Lebanon; Queen Alia in Amman, Cairo International, Jeddah and Riyadh airports, and Tunis-Carthage International Airport in Tunis.

The ban does not apply to crew members and it exempts medical devices.

The ban was initiated as a result of some unspecified threats picked up by U.S. and British intelligence from the Middle East, particularly on alleged newer and stealthier explosive device capabilities developed by Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the chief bomb-maker of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Some intelligence sources claim the ban arose from the detonation of a laptop computer bomb aboard a Somali-flag carrier, Daallo Airlines. The plane managed to land safely and the only casualty was the terrorist. However, that explosion occurred over a year ago, in February 2016.

What makes no sense about the ban is that it assumes that a dedicated trained terrorist could not take advantage of on board WiFi networks to link from a smart phone to a WiFi- enabled component in a laptop or tablet contained in checked bags sitting practically below him or her in an aircraft's luggage compartment. An anonymous senior security official with an international travel organization was reported in the March 21 Washington Post as saying, "Why should I feel safer if the laptop is stowed in the belly of the plane and the perpetrator can use his iPhone to set it off? . . . I’m not personally privy to what the TSA or DHS has, but I just don’t get it."

WMR surveyed the airlines affected by the laptop/tablet ban and discovered which of them offer in-flight WiFi connectivity. Of the 15 air carriers covered by the U.S. and U.K. ban, nine offer in-flight WiFi connectivity.

Airline                                 WiFi Service                 
EmiratesYes
Turkish AirlinesYes
Royal JordanianYes
EgyptAirYes
Etihad AirwaysYes
Qatar AirwaysYes
Royal Air MarocNo
Kuwait AirwaysYes
Saudi Arabian AirlinesYes
British AirwaysYes
EasyJetNo
Jet2No
Monarch AirlinesNo
Thomas CookNo
ThomsonNo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Presidential candidate insisted NSA and CIA spied on him By The Wayne Madsen Report




Presidential candidate insisted NSA and CIA spied on him
By The Wayne Madsen Report
A billionaire political outsider who ran for the presidency of the United States claimed that his investigation of deep ties of his opponents to international drug cartels resulted in his surveillance by the U.S. intelligence community. Responding to the charge by the presidential candidate, the man who had been director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency said, "I am prepared to say that there is not a word of truth in this."

The CIA and its friends in the media labeled the presidential hopeful a conspiracy hound and ridiculed his notion that the U.S. political system was actually run by various hidden dark forces. If one thinks this is a description of the 2016 campaign and the presidential candidate making the charges about the CIA is Donald Trump, they would be wrong.

It was independent businessman H. Ross Perot in 1992 who incurred the wrath of former NSA director and CIA second-in-command Admiral Bobby Ray Inman and stood accused of dabbling in far-out conspiracies.

Perot believed that his efforts to uncover the existence of U.S. prisoners-of-war and missing-in-action servicemen in Laos were stymied by the former CIA director George H. W. Bush, who just so happened to be running for re-election in 1992. Perot claimed that after the Indochina War ended in 1975, Bush, then the CIA director, transferred all responsibility for U.S. POWs/MIAs from the CIA to the Defense Intelligence Agency. Perot believed that Bush wanted the CIA's fingerprints off the POW/MIA issue because it had been involved in the heroin trafficking business in Laos. Perot believed that the reports of possibly over a hundred U.S. MIAs being seen in Laos were ignored because Langley and Bush wanted the secrets possessed by the CIA about the missing U.S. servicemen to remain buried, along with the CIA's secret war in Laos that involved the Royal Laotian Army, Hmong tribesmen, and heroin smuggling.

Perot cited the activities of two CIA fronts, Nugan Hand Bank in Australia and a Hawaii-based company, Bishop, Baldwin, Rewald, Dillingham & Wong (BBRDW), in laundering the proceeds of the CIA's Southeast Asian drug-running operations. Moreover, Perot said the CIA proprietary airline, Air America, was involved in transporting heroin out of Southeast Asia. The CIA issued denials all-around about the bank, the Hawaii company, and Air America. Perot claimed that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Colin Powell and his close friend, Richard Armitage, whose nomination for Secretary of the Army in 1989 was scuttled as a result of pressure from Perot, were involved with BBRDW and the POW/MIA cover-up.

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How soon we forget: U.S. Intelligence was accused of spying on Perot in 1992.

Senators John McCain and John Kerry led the charge to keep the POW/MIA-Laos issue secret. Both would later receive the presidential nominations of their respective parties. Perot alleged that a CIA agent was hired by the Bush campaign to hack into Perot's computerized stock trading program, preventing the third party candidate from gaining access to funds for campaign. The incident is similar to the Jeb Bush campaign hiring former British MI-6 agent Christopher Steele to develop a "dirty dossier" on  Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. There is a distinct possibility that the NSA covertly asked its signals intelligence partners in Britain, Australia, and Canada, on George H. W. Bush's orders, to conduct electronic surveillance of Perot in 1992.

There was evidence that the CIA and NSA spied on a presidential candidate -- in 1992 -- with the target being H. Ross Perot.

Monday, February 27, 2017

A "CIA within the CIA" battles against Trump By Wayne Madsen Report




 A "CIA within the CIA" battles against Trump  By Wayne Madsen Report
Even before he was inaugurated on January 20, President Trump faced a virtual "CIA within the CIA" that is bound and determined to derail his intelligence and foreign policy agendas. Past presidents have faced opposition from the Central Intelligence Agency -- John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter are prime examples -- but the opposition was sub rosa and not out in the open as it is today.

A number of former CIA officers have taken to CNN and MS-NBC to voice their opinions that Trump is a threat to U.S. national security. In addition to venting their own spleens about Trump, they are publicly airing the views of hundreds of their former colleagues currently serving within the CIA. 

The conventional punditry in Washington is stressing, without evidence, that Trump's presidential campaign was helped by "Russian intelligence officials." A dodgy British memorandum, created by a former MI-6 spook named Christopher Steele, and embellished by the Jeb Bush campaign, which hired him to dig up dirt on Trump, is being used as "proof" of Russian interfered in the U.S. election. However, what is being overlooked is that "Russian intelligence" may be a substitute for "Russian-Israeli mafia." The Russian-Israeli oligarchs, many of whom are exiled in Britain, Switzerland, and Israel, have no love for Trump and his previous pro-Russian views. 

It recently emerged that Ukrainian parliament member Andrey Artemenko met in January with Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to deliver a proposal that would have "leased" Crimea to Russia for 100 years in exchange for a pullout of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. The "peace plan" appears to have been a red herring since there is no documented evidence of regular Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. Artemenko is a shady figure who has been involved with the scandal-plagued Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and who is a member of the party of the corrupt former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. 

It was Tymoshenko's criminal conviction and imprisonment by the government of president Viktor Yanukovych that helped propel the "Euromaidan" revolution and coup that drove Yanukovych into exile in Russia. Artemenko is also close to the former Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko, the current mayor of Kiev, who recently attended the Munich Security Conference along with Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and such anti-Russian U.S. delegates as Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, neocon Robert Kagan, and Kagan's wife Victoria Nuland, the chief architect of the Euromaidan revolution. At Munich, where the CIA was working overtime to cultivate new relationships and reinforce older ones, the plotters of neo-Cold War intrigue in Ukraine were all present. The CIA would have known about Klitschko's ties to Artemenko and Artemenko's meeting on the Ukraine peace deal with Trump's lawyer Cohen.

Trump, who has surrounded himself with shady characters like Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Hungarian-American fascist Sebastian Gorka, may not be a "puppet" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as alleged by detractors. Instead, Trump appears to be an unwitting stooge of the Russian-Israeli mafia that wants a green light to depose Putin and replace him with one of their own, someone, for example, like Mikhail Khodorkovsky. 

Khodorkovsky, now in exile, is leading the Russian-Israeli oligarchs in their attempt to undermine Putin. International hedge fund tycoon George Soros was also in Munich, rubbing shoulders with Klitschko and his own puppet, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The intrigue on display in Munich may be complicated, but the end result may be a two-for-one deal for the Russian-Israeli gangsters: the overthrow of Putin and the impeachment of Trump. The result would be a Russian president who would complete the privatization of Russian industry and infrastructure to benefit the exiled mafia oligarchs and a committed "Christian Zionist," Pence, in the Oval Office.

 
Klitschko [left], a colleague of Artemenko, and Ukrainian President Poroshenko [right] in Munich rubbing shoulders with anti-Trump and anti-Russian U.S. politicians, as well as VP Pence and SecDef Mattis. Is the Ukrainian "peace deal" a red herring by Kiev and the Russian-Israeli oligarchs, working with a "CIA within the CIA" to sink Trump? 

As delegates were packing up to leave Munich, there was another interesting development in nearby Vienna. An Austrian appeals court approved the extradition to the United States of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the where he faces corruption charges. After the Euromaidan coup in 2014, Firtash was arrested by Austrian police on an FBI warrant. Firtash was a close political ally of Yanukovych. Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was a business partner of Firtash. In 2008, Manafort and Firtash were part of a business team that sought to buy Manhattan's Drake Hotel and demolish it to make way for a new skyscraper called the Bulgari Tower, a deal that may have involved the Trump Organization. The Drake deal involved another Trump adviser, Richard Gates. While she was prime minister, Tymoshenko sued Firtash over the Drake deal. Now, an ally of Tymoshenko, Artemenko, has his fingerprints on a Ukrainian peace plan shopped to Trump's lawyer Cohen. 



Also in Munich with Pence, Mattis, Kagan, and Nuland was Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk, who gave the Trump Foundation $150,000 for a Trump video speech to Pinchuk's Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual meeting in Ukraine in 2015. Pinchuk, a friend of John McCain, is close to both Poroshenko and Soros and a vocal opponent of Putin.

No one is clean in these machinations but they could very well serve as a basis to impeach Trump under the emolument clause of the U.S. Constitution, which makes any personal profit by the president based on foreign links an impeachable offense.

There are forces within the CIA -- the "CIA within the CIA" -- that want a return to the days of Boris Yeltsin, when everything and everyone in Russia was for sale and Russia gladly followed the diktats from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Two things stand in their way, Putin and the Putin-admiring Trump, the latter not seeming to want to "get with the program" of returning to the status quo ante in U.S.-Russian relations.
In the 1975 cinematic thriller "Three Days of the Condor," Robert Redford, who plays Joe Turner and whose CIA codename is "Condor," works at a CIA front operation in Manhattan’s Upper East Side called the "American Literary Historical Society – ALHS." Condor returns from running a lunch errand to find that all his colleagues have been shot to death. The plot centers around a "CIA within the CIA." The producers of the film, which was based on a 1974 novel by James Grady titled "Six Days of the Condor," must have had an inkling about a "CIA within the CIA." 

In "Three Days of the Condor," a CIA front in Manhattan is wiped out by a "CIA Within the CIA." There is more fact than fiction in the 1975 cinematic thriller.
In 1975, the concept of a "CIA within the CIA" prompted Emily Sheketoff, a House Select Committee on Intelligence staffer who was investigating the CIA, to inquire about a "CIA within the CIA," from Robert Gambino, the chief of security for the CIA. It was Gambino who briefed Jeb Bush on his non-official cover assignment in Venezuela, prior to the ex-CIA director's son's departure in 1977 for Caracas to head up the Texas Commerce Bank's operations in the country. Gambino scoffed at the notion of a "CIA within the CIA" in an October 30, 1975 memo. Based on Gambino's ties with ex-director Bush while Jimmy Carter's director, Admiral Stansfield Turner, was in charge of the CIA, Gambino serves as "exhibit number one" when it comes to the "CIA within the CIA." In fact, Sheketoff flat out stated to Gambino that she believed the CIA's Office of Security was then the major component of the hidden CIA.
An intelligence game is now being played out by Langley and it involves unsavory mafiosi in Ukraine, London, and Langley, Virginia. In essence, a "CIA within the CIA" is attempting to stage a "soft coup" in the United States and they have a number of willing accomplices in the media and within Mr. Trump's own inner circle.


Friday, February 24, 2017

The Trump Club: "you ain't in it." By The Wayne Madsen Report



The Trump Club: "you ain't in it."
By The Wayne Madsen Report
If Donald Trump’s most avid anti-globalist supporters believe that their president is "draining the swamp" of their bitterest of foes, they might be surprised that recently, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis were in the company at the annual Munich Security Conference of Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Trilateral Commission deputy chairman Michael Fuchs, and global political troublemaker George Soros.

As the late comedian and American philosopher George Carlin once said, "It's a big club and you ain't in it."

And, speaking of clubs, Trump is tapping members of his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where the initiation fee is $200,000, to serve as American ambassadors abroad. These include Robin Bernstein to the Dominican Republic, Patrick Park to Austria, and Brian Burns to Ireland. All were big donors to the Trump presidential campaign.



Trump has "drained the swamp" by giving an award to one of the chief architects of the financing and arming of the Islamic State. Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo's second visit abroad was to Saudi Arabia, where he presented the CIA's George Tenet medal to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It has been Nayef who has backed radical Islamist groups in the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars. Prior to stopping in Riyadh, Pompeo visited Turkey, where he lauded the government of that growing Islamist dictatorship and its leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was the Erdogan fmaily that personally benefited from the Islamic State's sale of Iraqi and Syrian oil on the international spot market. Turkish nepotism and illegal international deals must have come as music to the ears of Trump who fancies such notions for himself and his family.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, told the crowd of old school conservatives and extreme alt-right faithful that the Trump White House is striving for the 
"deconstruction of the administrative state." That must have come as welcome news to the globalist bankers who have ordered similar "administrative state" deconstruction as part of draconian austerity measures in Greece, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Italy, and other countries.

Bannon's "deconstruction" is already being felt in Trump's federal worker hiring freeze, which has closed day care centers at U.S. military bases abroad and delayed medical treatment at veteran's hospitals. That is only the tip of the iceberg, as Bannon and his fellow ex-Goldman Sachs colleagues, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, senior White House adviser 
Anthony Scaramucci, White House economic counselor Dina Habib Powell, National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn, and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman-nominee Jay Clayton draw their knives on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' care, and other social safety net programs.

Trump's team consisting of ex-Goldman Sachs executives and other Wall Street denizens will enjoy the next four years of being in their comfortable elements: 
Bilderberg, Davos, Bohemian Grove, Cernobbio, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, and other "big club" venues. And, as Carlin said about the big club, "you ain't in it."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Russian prankster, posing as Ukraine PM, warns McCain of Russian release of POW brainwashing evidence - By The Wayne Madsen Report



Russian prankster, posing as Ukraine PM, warns McCain of Russian release of POW brainwashing evidence - By The Wayne Madsen Report
Russian "phony phone call" prankster, Vladimir Kuznetsov, who does by the name "Vovan," convinced Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain (R-AZ) that he was Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The recording of the prank call is found below.



McCain told the fake Groysman that he favored sending lethal weapons to Ukraine to fight against Vladimir Putin in eastern Ukraine. McCain also said he sent a letter to President Trump urging increased sanctions against Russia.

The most interesting aspect of the call is McCain's interest in the pranksters warning that Putin ordered the Russian secret service to reveal details of McCain's being "recruited" as a "collaborator" by Russian intelligence during his time as a prisoner-of-war of the North Vietnamese. McCain appears to be genuinely concerned about such a revelation and asks to prankster to keep him informed of further details. McCain asks the prankster to provide further information on the POW story to him through the Ukrainian ambassador in Washington.

At no time during the conversation, does McCain appear to question the veracity of the caller.



If the long-suppressed story about McCain's special treatment by Soviet intelligence is not true, McCain appears to be awfully interested in a "fake" story. The story about McCain first appeared in the Moscow Post on September 18, 2008. The English version of the story was reportedly taken down after pressure was exerted by American "authorities."

The following is a paid translation of the McCain article from Russian to English and is an exclusive to WMR:

So, as it turned out, McCain has worked for many years in the Soviet secret services, recruited during the Vietnamese captivity (in 1967). The KGB's Senator John McCain had the code name Jack Mouse.
"To him it was a special relationship" - Duet [Hanoi Hilton commandant] says, "the power he had more than other Americans."
"Russian advisers spent many days in conversations with him. What they agreed to do, I do not know. However, once he was specially summoned to my office, where he signed some papers. Soon McCain transferred to a hospital, where Soviet doctors worked. Since then, I have not seen him. "
After that, according to the official biography, this was followed five years later by the Vietnamese prisoner transfer, after which the future congressman was released, in 1973, the result of the Paris agreement.
It is believed that all those years McCain spent in Vietnam. However, as we find out from the The Moscow Post journalists that this story is not quite true.
A former KGB agent, Sergei Nikolaev (name for this article has been specially modified), now lives in a European country, where he moved after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In the early '70s Nikolaev, he worked for intelligence at Voronezh.
There took place agent training of those not already identified by the West.
Nikolaev remember an American who came to him in winter 1968. He learned that it was McCain, when later often appeared on the TV screen.
"He's passed special training for operations in the United States during a possible war," says Nikolaev.
"He was taught the basics of subversion, disabling communication systems, paralyzing aerodrome operations. McCain had aliases. Therefore, according to the files we called him Jack Mouse. Our wags called him Mickey Mouse. "

Labor pick Acosta part of Epstein-Trump underage sex crime cover-up By The Wayne Madsen Report




Labor pick Acosta part of Epstein-Trump underage sex crime cover-up
By The Wayne Madsen Report
Alexander Acosta, President Trump's pick to replace failed nominee Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary, has his own political baggage stemming from his actions as U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida in the sweetheart plea deal involving billionaire pederast Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta agreed to a rather unprecedented non-prosecution agreement (NPA) struck with Epstein and his attorneys on October 30, 2007 that saw the federal government waive any future prosecution of Epstein or any of his associates named or unnamed by underage female sexual abuse victims of Epstein. Epstein pleaded 
guilty to one state of Florida charge of soliciting prostitution from a 14-year old girl.
Although Acosta later mildly criticized the plea deal in an open letter he write in 2011, he did not respond to WMR's request in January 2015 for an interview on the civil case in which four of Epstein's victims sued the U.S. government, claiming that the NPA violated their rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act. The victims, who are now adults, claimed that the federal government's NPA with Epstein violated the 2004 CVRA. Acosta was clearly aiming to protect Epstein's high-powered friends, including the person who just nominated him as Labor Secretary. Acosta's letter states: "Our judgment in this [Epstein] case, based on the evidence known at the time, was that it was better to have a billionaire serve time in jail, register as a sex offender, and pay his victims restitution than risk a trial with a reduced likelihood of success." Epstein's 13-month "jail time" included the stipulation that he only had to stay in prison in the evening and was free to leave during the day. The Palm Beach Police Department was outraged by Epstein's plea deal.

The NPA was signed on behalf of Acosta by A. Marie Villafana, the then-Assistant U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida who later became the U.S. Attorney under Attorney General Eric Holder. The plea deal with Epstein was concluded after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami and the FBI investigated Epstein separately from the investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Police Department and the Florida State Attorney's Office.  The deal cut between Acosta and Villafana and the state of Florida, which was then under the governorship of Republican Governor Charlie Crist and Republican Attorney-General Bill McCollum stated that the federal government would defer to Florida on the prosecution of Epstein. Acosta went on to become the dean of the law school of Florida International University in Miami.
Flight manifests of Epstein's Gulfstream jet and Boeing 727 indicate that Epstein's passengers included a mix of underage sex traffic victims and some of the world's most powerful politicians and businessmen. These include Bill Clinton, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Chicago Pritzker family chieftain and Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker (the first cousin of President Obama's Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker), and failed Palm Beach mayoral candidate Gerry Goldsmith. Underage passengers included on the manifest include Virginia Roberts and Cindy Lopez and others listed by their first names: Colleen, Tatianna, Margarita, Carolina, Lisa, Margaret, Dana, Julie, and Jessica. Epstein's two major "procurers" of underage girls are also frequent flyers on Epstein's "Pederast Airlines" -- Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late publishing tycoon and Mossad asset Robert Maxwell, and Sarah Kellen (now Sarah Kensington), the girlfriend of NASCAR driver Brian Vickers. Up to 40 women were identified as being the victims of sexual abuse by Epstein. Court records indicate the number may be higher with one reference to a Jane Doe 103.

In a later lawsuit filed on September 26, 2016 by another Jane Doe, identified as Katie Johnson, it is alleged that there were three additional underage victims of Epstein -- as well as Donald Trump -- in 1994. They are Jane Doe (Johnson), Joan Doe, and Maria, the latter a 12-year old girl who Jane, Joan, and a third witness, Tiffany Doe, allege may have been "disappeared" by Trump after he sexually assaulted and raped her at the Wexner Mansion in Manhattan.

Epstein pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked by FBI agents, 
"Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?” Epstein also took the Fifth when the FBI asked him: "Have you ever socialized with Bill Clinton in the presence of females under the age of 18?” Fourteen private phone numbers for Trump and members of his family, including his media-shy brother Robert Trump, Robert's wife Blaine Trump, Donald Trump ex-wife Ivana Trump, and Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, are found in Epstein's address book.

 
Trump and his family's names and numbers found in pederast Jeffrey Epstein's "black book."
The Senate Labor Committee has an opportunity to ask Acosta about the Epstein plea deal during his confirmation hearing. However, do not expect committee chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to proceed down such a road of inquiry. Alexander's chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, was arrested at his Washington, DC home in December 13 and found with an entire computer hard disk full of child pornographic videos and photos. Loskarn, who was remanded to his Maryland parents' custody while awaiting arraignment in federal court in Washington, was found hanging in his parents' basement in January 2014. The cause of death was determined, without a full autopsy, to have been suicide.