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Andrew McCarthy: Election interference? Dems complain about it now, but Trump was complaining in 2016

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the third in a series of excerpts; the first can be read here and the second here.

Horrifying!”

As we’ve seen, candidates can get chirpy at final presidential debates less than three weeks from Election Day, and Hillary Clinton was no exception. What “horror” had her inveighing so? The very thought that her Republican rival would question the legitimacy of the presidential election.

Donald Trump being Donald Trump, he wouldn’t budge. He would not pledge to accept the election results a priori. OK, no, Trump didn’t use the phrase “a priori.” But he did speculate that the electoral process could be rigged. Until he saw how it played out, the Republican nominee said, he could not concede that the outcome would be on the up-and-up.

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First, Trump reaffirmed an allegation for which he’d already been roundly condemned: Foreigners could swing the election — specifically, “millions” of ineligible voters, an allusion to illegal immigration, the piñata of Trump’s campaign.

Second, he complained about the gross one-sidedness of the media’s campaign coverage: scathing when it came to him, and between inattentive and fawning when it came to his opponent, whose considerable sins were airbrushed away.

Third, Trump claimed there was deep corruption: Clinton, he maintained, should not have been permitted to run, given the evidence of felony misconduct uncovered in her email scandal.

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Instead of prosecuting Clinton, law enforcement agencies of the Democratic administration bent over backwards to give her a pass, and congressional Democrats closed ranks around her, conducting themselves in committee hearings more like her defense lawyers than like investigators searching for the truth.

A flabbergasted Clinton responded that she was shocked — horrified — to hear Trump “talking down our democracy” this way. This was a top theme in her campaign’s closing days: The election was absolutely legitimate; Trump was traitorously condemnable for refusing to say so.

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Andrew McCarthy: There was collusion – but not involving Trump

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the first in a series of excerpts.

There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not “Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.”

Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic Party, and the progressive Beltway establishment.

This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded — which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen … which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

Plan A was to get Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

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Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage.

An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump  not reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case.

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Upon becoming President Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton improperly set up a private, non-secure system for email communications. It featured her own personal server, stored in her home and, later, maintained by a private contractor.

Secretary Clinton used this private email system for all of her official State Department communications, notwithstanding that doing so (a) violated government regulations (which, as the department head, she was responsible for enforcing); (b) violated governmental record-keeping and record-production obligations imposed by federal law; and (c) made it inevitable — due to the nature of her responsibilities — that streams of classified information would flow through and be stored in the non-secure system.

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FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton’s server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest

Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders “seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary” into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government email server, and that State Department officials allegedly sought to “downgrade classified material found on the server,” according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

The information was contained in a letter and interview transcripts sent Monday by the majority staff on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees to senior Senate Republicans including Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

“In August 2018, news articles alleged that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary Clinton’s nongovernment server and inserted code that forwarded nearly all of her emails to the foreign company,” the letter stated, referring in part to a Fox News article.

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A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News at the time that the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents — including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok — of the development after it was discovered via the emails’ metadata. The source said the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talking with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, in 2011. (REUTERS, File)

The letter continued: “The reporting indicated that two Intelligence Community Inspector General officials – Frank Rucker and Jeanette McMillian – discovered the code and brought the possible intrusion to the attention of the FBI.”

In a December 2018 interview with Senate investigators concerning the FBI’s response to the potential foreign hack, Rucker said Strzok — then the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in charge of the Clinton investigation — seemed “aloof and dismissive” and didn’t ask many questions, according to a transcript.

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McMillian said FBI employees in the meeting were “poker-faced” during the roughly hourlong meeting, even though both the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) had “significant equities” in the information contained on the server.

The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

McMillian said Rucker had identified an email address in Clinton’s email metadata as a potential “live dropbox” for all her emails, which a foreign actor could then access.

However, according to McMillian, the FBI generally seemed “impressed” with Rucker’s technical abilities in finding the apparent breach, and took the issue seriously. McMillian specifically said Strzok had found the email account’s presence in Clinton’s metadata “strange.”

McMillian said she made sure to tell the FBI that the ICIG was not trying to usurp the FBI’s authority after bureau officials asked how it had found information about the potential breach.

May 2016 email from Strzok, obtained by Fox News last year, said “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.

Strzok, earlier this month, filed a lawsuit against the bureau and the Justice Department – arguing that the FBI caved to the “unrelenting pressure” of the president when it fired him. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz previously concluded that although he could not prove Strzok had let his political bias influence official decisions, he did not have confidence that Strzok had acted without bias.

In text messages with his then-lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Strzok said on his government-issued phone that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president, and called Trump supporters “retarded.”

Separately, Rucker and McMillian offered more details into reports that the State Department sought to cover for Clinton by downgrading the classification of emails on the server.

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“At first, State fought back against the intelligence community being involved,” McMillian told investigators, before noting that they eventually relented.

McMillian claimed that two State Department employees tried to shield some of Clinton’s emails from disclosure under the “deliberative process” exemption under the Freedom of Information Act — rather than labeling the emails classified.

The employees, Austin Evers and Catherine Duval, did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. Evers has since launched the organization American Oversight along with other former Obama administration officials. The group says it is devoted to uncovering ethics issues in the Trump administration.

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Patrick Kennedy, seen here in 2016, sought to have the FBI change the classification level of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Rucker also claimed that then-Ambassador Patrick Kennedy questioned “whether certain emails should be provided to the intelligence community for review and fighting against classifying other emails,” according to the Senate investigators.

The State Department didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Interviews released in 2016, known as 302s, first revealed the serious allegation that Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.

Fox News was told as far back as August 2015 that Kennedy was running interference on Capitol Hill. But Kennedy, in his FBI interview on Dec. 21, 2015, “categorically rejected” allegations of classified code tampering.

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, said at the time.

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In a lengthy statement, the FBI denied it had agreed to declassify any emails in exchange for more overseas slots from the State Department.

A comprehensive IG report into potential FBI and DOJ misconduct during the Clinton and Russia probes is expected soon.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Trump retweets conspiracy theory implying Clintons linked to Epstein death

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President Trump added fuel to the conspiracy theories surrounding multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide on Saturday when he retweeted a post that implied former President Bill Clinton was linked to Epstein’s death.

The tweet came from self-described comedian Terrence K. Williams who echoed many on social media in suggesting a connection between the Clintons and Epstein, who previously was an acquaintance of the former president.

“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen,” the tweet read, alongside a photo of Epstein and one of the Clintons. “#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised.”

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Trump’s tweet came shortly after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pushed back on the “immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone” in another political party.

Williams’ video argued that “for some odd reason, people with information on the Clintons end up dead and they usually die from suicide.” “C’mon now,” he continued incredulously on the video.

The Associated Press reported that Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after an incident last month in which Epstein was found with bruising on his neck, though it has never been made clear whether those injuries were the result of a suicide attempt or an assault by a fellow inmate. However, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told the New York Post Saturday that Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death and AP reported he had been taken off suicide watch at the end of last month.

The well-connected financier was indicted last month on federal sex trafficking charges and faced up to 45 years in prison.

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On Saturday, Trump’s Justice Department announced it would pursue an investigation into Epstein’s death. “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Attorney General William Barr said.

“In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

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Taylor Swift likens herself to Hillary Clinton as she explains why she was silent on politics

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Taylor Swift is coming clean on why she was silent about politics during the 2016 election: She thought she’d actually harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” Swift, 29, told Vogue’s all-important September issue, noticeably omitting President Trump’s name. “He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”

Other stars, including Swift’s nemesis-turned-pal Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and more endorsed the Democratic candidate. However, the countrypop singer says it wasn’t just her celebrity that kept her mum — it was her specific reputation.

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“Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,'” Swift recalled of her own reputation in the latter half of 2016. “These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”

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Swift did, indeed, go underground for a significant period of time following the summer of 2016, when her then-seven-year (coming up on decade-long) feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian came to a head when Kardashian released video of Swift on the phone with West discussing his song, “Famous,” in which he mentions her name. Swift appeared to give her blessing to the track in the clips Kardashian released, but has steadfastly and vehemently denied approving the specific lyric “that b—h.”

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Swift didn’t share much else about her beef with the couple, save to say how it affected her own life.

She doesn’t appear to assume any responsibility for potentially perpetuating the pettiness for years through her own music and actions, but did confess to learning from the ordeal.

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“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” the “Archer” singer said. “I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly. When you say someone is ‘canceled,’ it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, ‘Kill yourself.’”

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“I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control,” she admitted. “I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.”

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Swift turned to songwriting as a means of activism as well. Recounting a time close friend Todrick Hall asked her what she’d do if she had a gay son, Swift explained that she felt like she wasn’t being clear enough on her stances for LGBTQ rights.

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“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” she said. “It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud.”

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She added, “When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”

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Monica Lewinsky produced season of ‘American Crime Story’ about Clinton sex scandal set to air before 2020 election

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Monica Lewinksy produced the third season of “American Crime Story” centered on the scandals leading up to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings in the 90s and is set to air in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

FX announced Tuesday that the third season of the Emmy-nominated series will focus on Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

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Lewinsky infamously had an affair with Clinton while she was a White House intern. She will be played by actress Beanie Feldstein, the younger sister of Jonah Hill known for her parts in “Lady Bird” and “Booksmart.”

FX chairman John Landgraf responded at a Television Critics Association summer press tour conference Tuesday to questions over whether the timing of the third season’s release could potentially affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Examiner reported.

“People are going to be very interested in this right around the presidential election and it’s going to be a great show,” Landgraf said. Some online critics pressed the network to reconsider its timing.

“Airing this during the final six weeks of the 2020 election is an abysmal idea. I’m looking forward to seeing it, and I hope FX reconsiders the timing,” New York Magazine writer Mark Harris said on Twitter. “There is nothing that Trump would like more than to turn the homestretch of 2020 into a revisitation of the Clintons. Don’t do this, @FXNetworks. It’s a disservice to our fragile political system and to the talented people involved in this show.”

The first season covered the Los Angeles trial of former NFL player OJ Simpson after the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Both seasons received more than a dozen Emmy nominations each, the Washington Examiner reported.

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Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark in the OJ season of American Crime Story, will return in the third season tentatively titled “Impeachment: American Crime Story” as Linda Tripp, the former Pentagon employee who secretly recorded Lewinsky speaking about her sexual relationship with Clinton.

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Mariah Carey calls Hillary Clinton ‘president’ in photo op

Mariah Carey appeared to snub President Trump after she posted a picture online with Hillary Clinton and referred to the former secretary of state as “president.”

Carey, 49, shared the photo after meeting the former Democratic presidential nominee, and former President Bill Clinton, backstage at a Barbara Streisand concert Saturday night in New York City.

“An honor to meet President Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton! Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for our country,” the Grammy-winning singer tweeted Monday.

Carey’s tweet caused chatter as many online picked up on the apparent intentional usage of the title.

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton responded to the pop star’s post tweeting, “The honor is ours; it’s not every day you meet a queen.”

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Carey’s seemingly overt political statement ran in contrast to comments she’s made in the past.

When asked during a 2016 interview whether she supported Clinton or Trump, Carey explained that she did not want to be “vocal” about her political views. She did, however, acknowledge her use of a Hillary Clinton picture as her avatar online.

“It’s so hard because I’m just an entertainer,” Carey told TV host Andy Cohen at the time. “I’m not a political analyst. So I don’t want to be vocal about my true feelings about all of this, but I have them.”

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Dem group exposed millions of email addresses associated with Clinton Senate campaign

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A cybersecurity firm revealed this week that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee left more than 6.2 million email addresses — apparently connected to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign — exposed in an online public “storage bucket.”

The data breach research team at the firm Upguard discovered the files last month. They apparently showed that an employee at the DSCC, the organization dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate, had uploaded a spreadsheet of millions of Americans’ email addresses to a “misconfigured” Amazon S3 storage bucket in 2010.

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The firm said the bucket, titled “toclinton,” and the spreadsheet file, titled “EmailExcludeClinton.zip,” likely were associated with one of her New York Senate campaigns. The spreadsheet file contained more than 6 million email addresses, containing those from major email providers, universities, government agencies and the military, according to the firm.

The firm said that the filename “seems to indicate that this was a list of people who had opted out or should otherwise be excluded from DSCC marketing emails.”

The file, according to the firm, was last modified on Sept. 17, 2010—nearly a year after Clinton became former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. The file also predates Clinton’s own server scandal, in which she exclusively used a private server for government business during her time as secretary of state.

The firm said they contacted the DSCC on July 26 and by that afternoon, the bucket “had been secured, preventing future malicious use of the data.”

A spokesperson for the DSCC reportedly denied that the spreadsheet data came from Clinton’s Senate campaign and said it was based on their own information.

“A spreadsheet from nearly a decade ago that was created for fundraising purposes was removed in compliance with the stringent protocols we now have in place,” DSCC spokesman Stewart Boss told TechCrunch, the outlet that first reported on Upguard’s findings.

Neither the DSCC nor Clinton’s office responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Upguard researchers said that they have previously reported on two “significantly larger exposures,” including a data analytics provider exposing the Republican National Committee’s “enriched voter database,” which included personal information for every registered American voter. That exposure did not reveal email addresses of voters, but rather names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.

“The list of six million email addresses, with some link to Clinton and the DSCC, is a much smaller exposure than that with data for the entire U.S. electorate,” the researchers wrote. “But it still a large number of potential targets for a malicious actor, and enough context to make reasonable guesses about how to craft such an attack.”

Upguard researchers warned of further lapses in data security surrounding political campaigns.

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“This list contained only email addresses, but other political data sets contain far more information on individuals, down to psychographic information such as their habits, behaviors, and likely beliefs,” the firm’s research team wrote. “The same things that make this data valuable to political campaigns makes it valuable to malicious actors—intel on individuals that can be used to contact and influence them.”

They added: “If political data can be exposed for ten years, the risk created by that data has unknown half-life.”

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Barbra Streisand mocks Trump with ‘Send in the Clowns’ parody — with Clintons in audience

Barbra Streisand performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night — with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rev. Al Sharpton in the crowd for the sold-out show.

Never one to shy away from politics, the Oscar winner told Republicans to cover their ears before she launched into a satirical version of “Send in the Clowns” mocking President Trump.

“Maybe he’s poor. Till he reveals his returns, who can be sure? Who is this clown?,” she sang to the famous tune as the audience cheered.

“Something’s amiss, I don’t approve. Now that’s he’s running the free world, where can we move? Maybe a town, who is this clown?”

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Following the parody, a Photoshopped photo of one of Trump’s Time magazine covers appeared on a screen behind Streisand with the president in clown makeup and a headline, “Clown of the Year.”

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Streisand, a vocal Democrat, also gave a shout-out to the Clintons, lamenting that she wasn’t able to sing at Hillary Clinton’s inauguration like she did at Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

She praised Bill Clinton for leaving office with a “big surplus,” Showbiz411 reported. She added, “A great president needs a sense of history and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. And the compassion that would not allow children to be separated from their parents.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Chelsea Clinton denies close ties to Jeffrey Epstein’s ex

Chelsea Clinton echoed her ex-president father in denying an association with Jeffrey Epstein and reports that she was a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, the wealthy financier’s former girlfriend — who settled at least two lawsuits over sex-related allegations.

Epstein, 66, was arrested July 6 on sex trafficking charges. He pleaded not guilty to accusations he ran a trafficking operation involving teens.

He allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” 2005, enabling him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other girls.

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Since his arrest, many prominent figures have come forward to deny their association with Epstein, most notably former President Bill Clinton, who said he “knows nothing” about the allegations and took just a few trips on Epstein’s airplane.

But now the former first daughter also has issued a statement amid a Politico report that Maxwell, who was not charged but reportedly settled two lawsuits filed by women who claimed she participated in the alleged sex trafficking, has been close to the Clinton family.

Maxwell reportedly became friends with Chelsea Clinton, vacationing together on a yacht in 2009 and attending Chelsea’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in 2010.

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“Ghislaine was the contact between Epstein and Clinton,” a person familiar with the relationship told the outlet. “She ended up being close to the family because she and Chelsea ended up becoming close.”

The spokesperson for Chelsea Clinton and her husband told Politico that the couple wasn’t aware of Maxwell’s alleged involvement in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

“It wasn’t until 2015 that Chelsea and (her husband) Marc became aware of the horrific allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell and hope that all the victims find justice,” the spokesperson said.

“Chelsea and Marc were friendly with her because of her relationship with a dear friend of theirs. When that relationship ended, Chelsea and Marc’s friendship with her ended as well.”

“It wasn’t until 2015 that Chelsea and (her husband) Marc became aware of the horrific allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell and hope that all the victims find justice.”

— Chelsea Clinton’s spokesperson

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Bill Clinton’s spokesman issued a similar statement after Epstein’s arrest, claiming he “knows nothing” about the “terrible crimes” allegedly committed by Epstein.

“In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation,” the statement said.

“Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

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