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Robert Mueller's public testimony delayed one week to July 24

WASHINGTON–The wait for former special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-anticipated public testimony got a little longer Friday.

Mueller’s planned July 17 appearances before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees has been postponed for one week to allow more time for both committees to question the former special counsel, officials said.

“We are pleased to announce that special counsel Mueller will provide additional public testimony when he appears before our committees,” the committee chairmen said in a joint statement. “At his request, we have agreed to postpone the hearing for one week, until July 24.” 

Since Democratic committee leaders announced that they had secured Mueller’s appearance by subpoena last month, nothing has come easy. Chiefly, lawmakers have grappled over the time allotted for questioning and whether some members might be excluded because of tight time constraints

Initially, two hours had been set aside for each committee to grill the former special counsel about the contents of the 448-page report he delivered in April to Attorney General William Barr. Under the new format, Mueller will appear before the Judiciary Committee for three hours before the Intelligence Committee begins its session.

More: Special counsel Robert Mueller delivers report marking end of investigation into Trump’s campaign, Russia

More: Trump’s aides were eager to take Russian dirt on Clinton. But it wasn’t a conspiracy, Mueller report said

Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election documented a “sweeping and systematic” effort by Moscow aimed in part at helping Trump win the presidency and a Trump campaign that welcomed the assistance. Investigators found insufficient evidence of a conspiracy between the two, though investigators traced a series of steps Trump took after becoming the president to stymie the investigation that loomed over his administration.

When Mueller declined to say whether those acts were illegal, Barr intervened and concluded that Trump’s conduct was not criminal.

Lawmakers from both parties have said they are eager to question the former special counsel about both his conclusions and the handling of the Russia investigation, which Trump has repeatedly called a “witch hunt.”

Mueller’s investigation led to criminal charges against three businesses and 34 individuals, including Russian intelligence officers and six of Trump’s onetime senior aides and advisers. The investigation found that several of Trump’s former aides had lied to investigators and Congress in ways meant to downplay links to Russia.

Mueller’s only public comments on the case came in late May when he reaffirmed the findings in his final report. Of Trump’s efforts to derail the investigation, Mueller said the report did not clear Trump of criminal wrongdoing, adding that investigators were effectively blocked from bringing charges because of long-standing Justice Department policy that prohibits the criminal prosecution of sitting presidents.

“A president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional,” Mueller said.

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Epstein Paid $350,000 to Possible Witnesses Against Him, Prosecutors Say

Just days after a newspaper expose last November drew new attention to Jeffrey Epstein’s predatory behavior toward young women, he wired $350,000 to two people close to him, federal prosecutors revealed on Friday.

Mr. Epstein, a financier who now faces sex-trafficking charges in New York, was using the money to try to buy the silence of possible witnesses against him, the prosecutors said.

The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan made the new allegations in a court filing asking that Mr. Epstein be denied bail while he awaits trial, saying the payments were evidence that he might try to influence witnesses if he were not detained.

Mr. Epstein wired the payments from an account he controlled to the potential witnesses in late November and early December, 2018, shortly after the Miami Herald began publishing an investigative report about a secret deal Mr. Epstein had reached with the authorities in Florida to avoid federal prosecution in 2008, the government said.

The prosecutors have not charged Mr. Epstein in connection with the new allegations, and a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office declined to comment on that possibility.

A lawyer for Mr. Epstein did not respond to a request for comment Friday on the government’s new allegations.

They maintain their client has lived a law-abiding life for the past 14 years; he pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to state prostitution charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail.

Mr. Epstein, 66, was arrested on Saturday when his private jet landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after a flight from Paris. He was charged with sex-trafficking and conspiracy in an indictment unsealed on Monday by the office of Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan. He has pleaded not guilty.

In a bail memorandum on Friday, prosecutors said Mr. Epstein had “paid significant amounts of money to influence individuals who were close to him during the time period charged in this case and who might be witnesses against him at a trial.”

Two days after the Herald published its expose, Mr. Epstein wired $100,000 to a person who had been named as a possible co-conspirator in his deal with Florida prosecutors a decade ago.

Three days later, Mr. Epstein sent $250,000 to a person who not only had been named as a co-conspirator in the Florida agreement, but was also identified in the New York indictment as an employee who helped Mr. Epstein in his sex-trafficking scheme.

The payments and their timing, the prosecutors wrote, “suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations.”

Acosta to Resign as Labor Secretary Over Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal

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The indictment unveiled on Monday said that between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Epstein and his employees paid dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts with him at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr. Epstein is also accused in the indictment of encouraging some of his victims to recruit other underage girls for him to abuse. Prosecutors said he paid his “victim-recruiters” hundreds of dollars for each girl they brought him. “In so doing, Epstein maintained a steady supply of new victims to exploit,” the indictment read.

On Thursday, Mr. Epstein’s lawyers asked a judge to allow him to remain under house arrest in his $56 million Manhattan mansion as he awaited trial. He pledged to post a substantial bond, secured by the mansion and his private jet.

The lawyers also proposed that he would pay for round-the-clock security guards to ensure he did not flee. They said he would wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his location, surrender his passport and ground his jet.

The lawyers cited what they called Mr. Epstein’s “spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow, complemented by an exemplary 10-year history of diligent sex offender registration and reporting” as compelling proof that he was able to “conform his conduct to the law’s dictates.”

But in their response on Friday, prosecutors said there had been “extensive allegations of obstruction and tampering” in connection with civil lawsuits brought against Mr. Epstein following his conviction in Florida.

“Epstein’s efforts to influence witnesses continue to this day,” the prosecutors said.

The evidence of the payments, which were sent from a trust account Mr. Epstein controlled, was contained in records obtained by the government from a financial institution identified only as “Institution-1,” the memorandum said.

The prosecutors, in asking Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court to deny Mr. Epstein’s bail request, offered new information about his holdings. They described him as “extravagantly wealthy,” saying he was worth more than $500 million and earned at least $10 million per year, according to the records.

Mr. Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if he is convicted of sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges, and the long sentence, the government argued, provided a motive for him to flee.

“There would be little to stop the defendant from fleeing, transferring his unknown assets abroad, and then continuing to do whatever it is he does to earn his vast wealth from a computer terminal beyond the reach of extradition,” the prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors said that Mr. Epstein, as someone with a history of sexually abusing minors, should also be denied bail because he posed a danger to the community.

Judge Berman is scheduled to take up Mr. Epstein’s bail request on Monday.

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‘His Acts Are Despicable’: Key Moments in the Case Against Jeffrey Epstein

July 11, 2019

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US border cops’ secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member

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Responsibility for what? As long as the conversation is private no one should care and I couldn’t care less, whatever words frustrated people write on the wall.

But if anyone of them behave, putting letters into facts, outside the powers accorded by the law, being also racist is a “plus” of weight on the hate intent.

What do you expect, racism is way more subtle than you think, and in a sufficient amount of people you will find the declared one (it’s idiocy buy not a crime until you do something hateful, even verbally), and beware of the one that’s hiding inside you, for we all are at some point scared and insecure, in dealing with other mindset, let alone culture.

They serves about the enforcement of the immigration law, and deserve to be judged on that job, given conditions, resources and so on.

You can’t bestow on them a couple of other idiocy:

  1. They were asked if they were doing a fine smooth work by who were in power to fire them: how much credit do you give to one who can loose all if just make a full account of shortages?

  2. They aren’t skilled nor trained to manage the humanitarian crisis, they repeatedly called for funds, month ago, and provided their job is to enforce a specific law, the humanitarian part shouldn’t has been bestowed over them, but to the red cross for instance, so they check each other, and support each other. Funds therefore are to be used accordingly, with UN, FAO, any federal institution designed to prevent what we imagine happened – but no indipendent assessment has yet be accorded to be conduct.

We move on fragmented pieces of this story, a position from which we can just condam the racism but… It’s painfulli insufficient.

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Prosecutors: Evidence Jeffrey Epstein tampered with witnesses and is worth more than $500M

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Jeffrey Epstein has had a long list of friends from high places, including the likes of Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton and President Trump. But did Epstein leverage these connections? We explain. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors in New York accused Jeffrey Epstein of witness tampering Friday, alleging that he wired $350,000 to two people who might testify against him in court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York made the disclosure in a letter that asked Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to hold the financier without bail pending trial on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy involving young girls.

The prosecutors also said records recently obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein, 66, is worth more than $500 million and earns at least $10 million per year. They did not identify the institution.

The disclosures came in a government filing that argued Epstein should remain in detention pending trial on charges that he sexually exploited dozens of minors, including girls as young as 14, from 2002-2005 in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.

The filing also responded to a Thursday proposal from defense lawyers that suggested Epstein could remain free pending trial by pledging a mortgage on his Manhattan townhouse worth roughly $77 million, plus a financial hold on a private jet. The proposal said Epstein would pay for 24-hour private security and Global Position System monitoring to ensure he would remain inside the palatial townhouse.

However, prosecutors noted that the mansion is subject to forfeiture. They also said he has not completed a financial affidavit, under penalty of perjury, to accompany his bail application

“Against this backdrop of significant – and rapidly-expanding – evidence, serious charges, and the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, the defendant proposed to be released on conditions that are woefully inadequate” the prosecutors argued. “The court should reject the defendant’s application and order him detained pending trial.

In accusing Epstein of witness tampering, the government lawyers cited a Palm Beach Police report that said the parent of one of the financier’s victims was driven off the road by a private investigator.

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Manhattan mansion as gilded jail?: Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers propose up to $77M bail for accused sex trafficker’s release

“In the incident the defendant now claims was not attributable to or authorized by him, the contemporaneous police report indicates that pressure tactics were at the very least coordinated closely with individuals in the defendant’s orbit,” the prosecutors wrote.

Separately, the government letter said one of Epstein’s victims previously reported that she was contacted through a source who was in contact with the financier who “assured (the victim) that she would receive monetary compensation for her assistance in not cooperating with law enforcement.”

“Those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with,” the victim was told, prosecutors wrote, citing the Palm Beach Police report.

The alleged witness tampering continues “to this day,” the government added.

Prosecutors said records obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein wired $100,000 from a trust account he controlled to an individual named as a possible co-conspirator in the 2008 non-prosecution agreement he reached with federal prosecutors in Florida over similar sex-trafficking charges.

The records show that, days later, Epstein wired $250,000 from the same account to another person identified as a potential co-conspirator, prosecutors wrote.

The withdrawals came amid a Miami Herald series of stories that examined Epstein’s conduct, the circumstances of his state court conviction on sex-related charges in Florida, and the federal non-prosecution agreement, the New York government lawyers wrote.

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Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on sex-trafficking charges. Buzz60

Criticizing the sparse details in Epstein’s bail proposal, the prosecutors wrote: “It might not be immediately apparent to a reader … that the defendant is extravagantly wealthy and worth, according to records relating to the defendant recently obtained by the Government from a financial institution, more than $500 million.”

Even if Epstein were to sacrifice all of his current assets, “there is every indication that he would immediately be able to resume making millions or tens of millions of dollars per year outside of the United States,” prosecutors alleged.

“He already earns at least $10,000,000 per year,” prosecutors said, citing records from the financial institution. “There would be little to stop the defendant from fleeing, transferring his unknown assets abroad, and then continuing to do whatever it is he does to earn his vast wealth from a computer terminal beyond the reach of extradition.”

Berman is scheduled to hear oral arguments about potential bail for Epstein from the prosecutors and defense lawyers during a Monday morning hearing in New York.

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Louisiana governor says storm named Barry is ‘going to be a tough one’

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards voiced concerns Friday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that residents would not take Tropical Storm Barry seriously, even though it is expected to become a full-blown hurricane by the time it hits the Louisiana coast on Saturday morning.

“My biggest concern is that we will have citizens who understand that it’s a Category 1 and they may not take it as seriously as they should have. Because this is has always been a rain event predominantly,” Edwards said.

“And we’re going to have 15 to 20 inches of rain across most of southern Louisiana for about 24 hours.”

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

Tropical Storm Barry is bringing flooding and rainfall, threatening cities like New Orleans and unsettling government officials.

Barry is forecast to dump 10 to 20 inches of rain on New Orleans through Sunday. Some isolated areas could see as much as 25 inches.

Edwards advised residents to “take every precaution, to be patient,” and to listen to their local elected officials.

HURRICANE HEALTH RISKS: 3 THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

The governor also told MacCallum that he expected Barry to be “a tough one,” noting that even after the rains stop, river swelling may cause problems for residents and officials.

“I worry an awful lot about the rain as it falls, not as it relates to the Mississippi River but all the other rivers that we have across south Louisiana,” Edwards said.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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Prosecutors: Evidence Jeffrey Epstein tampered with witnesses and is worth more than $500M

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Jeffrey Epstein has had a long list of friends from high places, including the likes of Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton and President Trump. But did Epstein leverage these connections? We explain. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors in New York accused Jeffrey Epstein of witness tampering Friday, alleging that he wired $350,000 to two people who might testify against him in court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York made the disclosure in a letter that asked Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to hold the financier without bail pending trial on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy involving young girls.

The prosecutors also said records recently obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein, 66, is worth more than $500 million and earns at least $10 million per year. They did not identify the institution.

The disclosures came in a government filing that argued Epstein should remain in detention pending trial on charges that he sexually exploited dozens of minors, including girls as young as 14, from 2002-2005 in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.

The filing also responded to a Thursday proposal from defense lawyers that suggested Epstein could remain free pending trial by pledging a mortgage on his Manhattan townhouse worth roughly $77 million, plus a financial hold on a private jet. The proposal said Epstein would pay for 24-hour private security and Global Position System monitoring to ensure he would remain inside the palatial townhouse.

However, prosecutors noted that the mansion is subject to forfeiture. They also said he has not completed a financial affidavit, under penalty of perjury, to accompany his bail application

“Against this backdrop of significant – and rapidly-expanding – evidence, serious charges, and the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, the defendant proposed to be released on conditions that are woefully inadequate” the prosecutors argued. “The court should reject the defendant’s application and order him detained pending trial.

In accusing Epstein of witness tampering, the government lawyers cited a Palm Beach Police report that said the parent of one of the financier’s victims was driven off the road by a private investigator.

Controversial non-prosecution deal: Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigns amid Epstein plea fallout

Manhattan mansion as gilded jail?: Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers propose up to $77M bail for accused sex trafficker’s release

“In the incident the defendant now claims was not attributable to or authorized by him, the contemporaneous police report indicates that pressure tactics were at the very least coordinated closely with individuals in the defendant’s orbit,” the prosecutors wrote.

Separately, the government letter said one of Epstein’s victims previously reported that she was contacted through a source who was in contact with the financier who “assured (the victim) that she would receive monetary compensation for her assistance in not cooperating with law enforcement.”

“Those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with,” the victim was told, prosecutors wrote, citing the Palm Beach Police report.

The alleged witness tampering continues “to this day,” the government added.

Prosecutors said records obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein wired $100,000 from a trust account he controlled to an individual named as a possible co-conspirator in the 2008 non-prosecution agreement he reached with federal prosecutors in Florida over similar sex-trafficking charges.

The records show that, days later, Epstein wired $250,000 from the same account to another person identified as a potential co-conspirator, prosecutors wrote.

The withdrawals came amid a Miami Herald series of stories that examined Epstein’s conduct, the circumstances of his state court conviction on sex-related charges in Florida, and the federal non-prosecution agreement, the New York government lawyers wrote.

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Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on sex-trafficking charges. Buzz60

Criticizing the sparse details in Epstein’s bail proposal, the prosecutors wrote: “It might not be immediately apparent to a reader … that the defendant is extravagantly wealthy and worth, according to records relating to the defendant recently obtained by the Government from a financial institution, more than $500 million.”

Even if Epstein were to sacrifice all of his current assets, “there is every indication that he would immediately be able to resume making millions or tens of millions of dollars per year outside of the United States,” prosecutors alleged.

“He already earns at least $10,000,000 per year,” prosecutors said, citing records from the financial institution. “There would be little to stop the defendant from fleeing, transferring his unknown assets abroad, and then continuing to do whatever it is he does to earn his vast wealth from a computer terminal beyond the reach of extradition.”

Berman is scheduled to hear oral arguments about potential bail for Epstein from the prosecutors and defense lawyers during a Monday morning hearing in New York.

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'Care every American would be proud of': Pence lauds conditions at Texas border facility

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Vice President Mike Pence toured a Border Patrol facility in Texas after reports that migrants detained are being held in dangerous conditions. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – With television cameras in tow, Vice President Mike Pence toured a Border Patrol facility in Texas on Friday as Republicans pushed back on reports that migrants detained in such centers are being held in deplorable and dangerous conditions.

Beneath a vinyl tent that doubles as a processing center for migrants who cross the southern border illegally, Pence approached a woman bouncing a young boy on her lap and asked where she’s from.

“El Salvador,” she said through an interpreter.

“Are you and your children being taken care of here?” Pence asked. “Are they treating you well here? Do you have food?”

The woman nodded her head yes.

Pence’s trip to the facility near McAllen, Texas, with a group of Republican senators, comes amid reports of dangerously overcrowded conditions at some detention facilities. At least six migrant children in border facilities have died since December.

As Pence was touring the facility, House Democrats back in Washington were holding a high-profile hearing on what they said were inhumane conditions they found when they toured another detention facility in Clint, Texas.

But Pence told reporters he “couldn’t be more impressed” by what he described as “the compassionate work” by Border Patrol agents at the facility near McAllen.

“Every family that I spoke with told me they were being well cared for,” he said, noting what he heard was different from what he called “the harsh rhetoric” coming from Democrats.

It’s not just Democrats who have complained about the conditions at border detention facilities.

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Independent investigators for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited Border Patrol facilities in western Texas in May and found dozens of migrants packed into spaces so tight that some had to stand on toilets.

After visiting five facilities in June, the inspector general released a report describing dangerously overcrowded conditions.

More: Protesters turn out ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Texas detention center

The facility that Pence toured on Friday is a processing center and not one of those cited as being chronically overcrowded. But it’s also where the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has said migrants are receiving substandard care.

The facility, an air-conditioned tent complex, opened in early May on the border about 20 miles from McAllen and just yards from an international bridge connecting the United States to Mexico. It is broken up into four 8,000-square-foot pods that resemble a high school gymnasium with a linoleum, rock-patterned floor. There is space for intake processing and restrooms with showers and laundry facilities.

About 800 people were being held Friday in the facility, which officials said had a capacity of 1,000.

A reporter traveling with Pence described seeing detainees lying on kindergarten-like napping mats on the floor, covered with a thin tinfoil-like blanket. In one room, the intake facility, a crowd that appeared to be more than 100 people sat on benches. Most appeared dirty, and officials said they were waiting for showers and had been brought in earlier Friday. Some of the children were crying and sleeping.

Pence and second lady Karen Pence approached a couple of boys sitting on a bench.

“I’m the vice president,” he said. “Are they taking good care of you here? Do you have enough to eat?”

The boys nodded their heads yes.

Touching testimony: ‘They tore out a piece of my heart’: Migrant mother describes toddler’s illness, death

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A young girl described her treatment while locked in a Texas border station where hundreds of other migrant children have been detained this year. (July 1) AP, AP

“What we saw today is a facility that is providing care that every American would be proud of,” Pence said later at a roundtable discussion that included Border Patrol officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Slamming Democrats who have called the situation on the border “a manufactured crisis,” Pence said the U.S. has “a moral obligation” to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

“The facts are, we have a crisis on our southern border that is being driven by human traffickers who are exploiting loopholes in American law to entice vulnerable families to make the long and dangerous journey north,” he said.

“The crisis is real,” he said. “This is not a manufactured crisis.”

Migrant roundup: Donald Trump: Immigration raids begin Sunday, will target criminals ‘as much as we can’

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Prosecutors: Evidence Jeffrey Epstein tampered with witnesses and is worth more than $500M

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Jeffrey Epstein has had a long list of friends from high places, including the likes of Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton and President Trump. But did Epstein leverage these connections? We explain. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors in New York accused Jeffrey Epstein of witness tampering Friday, alleging that he wired $350,000 to two people who might testify against him in court.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York made the disclosure in a letter that asked Manhattan U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to hold the financier without bail pending trial on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy involving young girls.

The prosecutors also said records recently obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein, 66, is worth more than $500 million and earns at least $10 million per year. They did not identify the institution.

The disclosures came in a government filing that argued Epstein should remain in detention pending trial on charges that he sexually exploited dozens of minors, including girls as young as 14, from 2002-2005 in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida.

The filing also responded to a Thursday proposal from defense lawyers that suggested Epstein could remain free pending trial by pledging a mortgage on his Manhattan townhouse worth roughly $77 million, plus a financial hold on a private jet. The proposal said Epstein would pay for 24-hour private security and Global Position System monitoring to ensure he would remain inside the palatial townhouse.

However, prosecutors noted that the mansion is subject to forfeiture. They also said he has not completed a financial affidavit, under penalty of perjury, to accompany his bail application

“Against this backdrop of significant – and rapidly-expanding – evidence, serious charges, and the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, the defendant proposed to be released on conditions that are woefully inadequate” the prosecutors argued. “The court should reject the defendant’s application and order him detained pending trial.

In accusing Epstein of witness tampering, the government lawyers cited a Palm Beach Police report that said the parent of one of the financier’s victims was driven off the road by a private investigator.

Controversial non-prosecution deal: Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigns amid Epstein plea fallout

Manhattan mansion as gilded jail?: Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers propose up to $77M bail for accused sex trafficker’s release

“In the incident the defendant now claims was not attributable to or authorized by him, the contemporaneous police report indicates that pressure tactics were at the very least coordinated closely with individuals in the defendant’s orbit,” the prosecutors wrote.

Separately, the government letter said one of Epstein’s victims previously reported that she was contacted through a source who was in contact with the financier who “assured (the victim) that she would receive monetary compensation for her assistance in not cooperating with law enforcement.”

“Those who help him will be compensated and those who hurt him will be dealt with,” the victim was told, prosecutors wrote, citing the Palm Beach Police report.

The alleged witness tampering continues “to this day,” the government added.

Prosecutors said records obtained from a financial institution show that Epstein wired $100,000 from a trust account he controlled to an individual named as a possible co-conspirator in the 2008 non-prosecution agreement he reached with federal prosecutors in Florida over similar sex-trafficking charges.

The records show that, days later, Epstein wired $250,000 from the same account to another person identified as a potential co-conspirator, prosecutors wrote.

The withdrawals came amid a Miami Herald series of stories that examined Epstein’s conduct, the circumstances of his state court conviction on sex-related charges in Florida, and the federal non-prosecution agreement, the New York government lawyers wrote.

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Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on sex-trafficking charges. Buzz60

Criticizing the sparse details in Epstein’s bail proposal, the prosecutors wrote: “It might not be immediately apparent to a reader … that the defendant is extravagantly wealthy and worth, according to records relating to the defendant recently obtained by the Government from a financial institution, more than $500 million.”

Even if Epstein were to sacrifice all of his current assets, “there is every indication that he would immediately be able to resume making millions or tens of millions of dollars per year outside of the United States,” prosecutors alleged.

“He already earns at least $10,000,000 per year,” prosecutors said, citing records from the financial institution. “There would be little to stop the defendant from fleeing, transferring his unknown assets abroad, and then continuing to do whatever it is he does to earn his vast wealth from a computer terminal beyond the reach of extradition.”

Berman is scheduled to hear oral arguments about potential bail for Epstein from the prosecutors and defense lawyers during a Monday morning hearing in New York.

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Pence still won’t divulge reason for abrupt NH trip cancellation: ‘I can’t discuss it’

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Vice President Pence said Friday he still can’t discuss the reason for his last-minute decision earlier this month to abandon plans to fly to New Hampshire and return to the White House.

“Facts came to our attention that made it no longer appropriate for us to make the trip,” Pence told Fox News during an interview in Texas, after touring a migrant detention center. “And I can’t discuss it.”

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Without going into details, the vice president said the reason had “nothing to do with the White House. Nothing to do with the administration.” He said he hoped to be able to speak about it eventually.

“I hope we have the opportunity to discuss the reasons in the future, but I’m very confident that we made the right decision,” he said.

The abrupt cancellation on July 2 prompted confusion and speculation. At the time, a senior White House official told reporters the situation was neither health-related for Pence or President Trump, nor connected to national security.

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The unusual sequence of events began that day when a crowd in Salem was waiting for Pence to participate in a roundtable discussion on the illegal drug flow in New Hampshire. But shortly before the vice president was scheduled to arrive, an announcer at the event told the crowd that Air Force Two was no longer able to come to New Hampshire.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, later told reporters that Pence had boarded the plane, but that Air Force Two hadn’t yet left the ground. Short said at the time that details of the events would be public “in a few weeks.”

Fox News’ Meghan Welsh contributed to this report.

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Biden faces protesters at New Hampshire campaign event over Obama-era deportations

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Former Vice President Joe Biden was confronted at a Friday campaign event by a group of protesters angry over the stepped-up deportations of undocumented immigrants during President Barack Obama’s administration.

The disturbance came at the end of a campaign event in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire, where the current front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination chided some of his 2020 rivals for forming “a circular firing squad” and lamented that he’s “getting skewered by the new Democratic Party.”

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As the former vice president was shaking hands and taking selfies with supporters after delivering a 30 minute speech, he was briefly confronted by protesters holding signs reading “Biden we haven’t forgotten 3 million deportations.” They also chanted “apologize now.”

Biden briefly attempted to talk with one of the demonstrators.

A spokesperson for the protesters said they belonged to the New Hampshire Youth Movement and added that they were allied with Movimiento Cosecha, which describes itself as a “nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants.”

The spokesperson, who said her name was Quincy, explained that “we’re here because we do not find many of Joe Biden’s actions acceptable, in terms of his record on immigration under the Obama administration.”

She added that “we need a person who’s going to champion issues like Medicare for all, free college for all, and the Green New Deal, that are going to save my generation’s life and we don’t believe Joe Biden is the person to do that.”

While the Obama administration – with Biden as vice president – is lauded by many Democrats for implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2014, it’s criticized by liberal immigration advocates for the increase in deportations.

Biden remains the front-runner in the Democratic nomination race, but he’s seen his big lead in the national and early primary and caucus voting state polls slip in the wake of last month’s first round of primary debates, when he was cold-cocked by Sen. Kamala Harris.

The California Democrat’s breakthrough debate moment came as she criticized recent comments by Biden spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed, and over his opposition decades ago to federally mandated school busing.

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Biden told the crowd in Dover that “the good news about being a front runner is that you’re a front runner. The bad news about being a front runner is everyone’s behind you, they’re looking. You know what I mean.”

He e warned his rivals that the last thing the Democratic White House hopefuls need to do is “fall in a circular firing squad here.”

“I’m getting skewered by new Democrat party and I respect them, by the way,” he said.

He also said he was getting attacked by some his rivals for discussing his ability to work with Republicans across the aisle to get things accomplished.

“Somehow the idea we are able to cooperate with the other side is considered naïve,” he lamented.

Biden also repeatedly took aim at President  Trump, saying he’s “embracing these oligarchs, embracing these thugs, poking his finger in the eye of NATO, the single most consequential alliance we’ve ever had. Folks, it is incredibly dangerous.”

And he emphasized that “we’ve got to stop this guy. We’ve got to keep him from having a second term.”

The former vice president told the audience “I hope you’ll vote for me” but said if he doesn’t win the nomination, “whoever our nominee is, I’m going to break my neck to make sure they get elected.”

The stop in Dover kicked off a two-day swing by the Biden as he makes his third trip to New Hampshire since launching his campaign in late April.

Hours earlier, rival Pete Buttigieg held a large rally a few blocks away. City officials estimated that more than 800 people attended the South Bend, Indiana mayor’s event.

That crowd was significantly larger than the one gathered for Biden.

But New Hampshire attorney and former ambassador Terry Shumaker, a top Granite State supporter and surrogate for Biden, dismissed talk of a lack of enthusiasm for the former vice president.

“People are coming up to me on the street and self-identifying themselves as Biden supporter,” he noted.

Shumaker explained the most people are “interested in some of the newer names and what the excitement is and they want to go see them. But literally everybody I know is still shopping. Nobody’s buying yet.”

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