Over the past few decades, millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, now charged with sex trafficking minors, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates.
Here’s what we know
FEC filings first reported by ABC News show that Epstein donated $20,000 to former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she was running for Senate and $22,000 to Sen. Chuck Schumer between 1992 and 1999. He also donated to former-President Bill Clinton in 1992 and former-Secretary of State John Kerry in the 1900s and early 2000s when Kerry was still a senator.
“Obviously, donations received in 1991 and 2002 were spent years before any of this came to light,” a spokesperson for Kerry told ABC News. “Back when he did have an active campaign, if donors were convicted of crimes, the campaign gave away those contributions to charity, and this small amount was likely given away in 2008.” A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton also dismissed the donations as irrelevant.
According to Open Secrets, Epstein also donated $54,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee between 1998 and 2000.
Schumer called for the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who helped to orchestrate a plea deal with Epstein in 2007. “Instead of prosecuting a predator, a serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta chose to let him off easy. This is not acceptable,” Schumer said on Tuesday. Acosta has since resigned.
According to ABC News, Schumer plans to donate $22,000, the same amount he received from Epstein, to “anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.”
The crimes that Epstein is currently being charged with, sex trafficking girls as young as 14, date back to at least 2002. While all of the exact details may not have been known, allegations about Epstein have been common knowledge for years. When Epstein was charged with sex crimes back in 2007, those instances of sexual abuse dated back to 2001.