It’s not such a far fetched question. Once a long time friend of Jeffrey Epstein, recently charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and also a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. President Trump has had a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who claimed Trump raped her while she was a 13-year-old. “Jane Doe” claimed Trump and Epstein repeatedly raped her in Epstein’s New York apartment. That lawsuit was dropped, then refiled and later dropped again after an announcement the plaintiff was receiving death threats. A book has been written about that episode but America has been reticent to demand an investigation to get to the truth.
At last count, Trump has been accused by 22 separate women of sex-related crimes including sexual assault, harassment, rape, and attempted rape. A recent charge of rape by E. Jean Carroll that Trump raped her in a 5th Avenue department store was initially reported by the New York Times, not on the front page but in their book section as it was disclosed in a newly released book by Carroll. A defamation lawsuit by Summer Zervos forges ahead in the courts and Trump will soon have to give depositions after calling her a liar regarding her claims of assault on the set of The Apprentice.
Despite Attorney General William Barr’s assertion. Robert Mueller indicated in his report that a Department of Justice opinion prevented the indictment of a sitting President. He apparently felt that it is the duty of Congress to deal with crimes of sitting Presidents thru the vehicle of Impeachment. But how far are we as a country willing to let that opinion stand? One that determines that during a four to an eight-year term of office. The President of the United States is above the law.
Jeffrey Epstein is charged with operating a sex ring and apparently liked sharing with his rich friends. He allegedly flew many of them on his private planed (dubbed the Lolita Express) to his private island, in addition to inviting them to his mansion in Palm Beach and New York penthouse. Names that have come up in association with Epstein and minors are former-President Bill Clinton, England’s Prince Andrew, and Attorney Alan Dershowitz, and Donald Trump. Bill Clinton just released a statement disassociating himself with Epstein. Clinton says he only took four trips on Epstein flights, all on Clinton Foundation business and he never visited Epstein’s island. Investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff says Clinton was on at least 27 flights, many without the Secret Service protection given former President’s.
Dershowitz, one of Epstein’s former lawyers, vehemently denies involvement with underage women. Virginia Giuffre has filed a defamation suit against Dershowitz based on his claims she perjured himself when claiming she assaulted her. Trump claims to have fallen out with Epstein 15 years ago. There are reports he threw Epstein out of Mar-a-Lago after Epstein approached a member’s young daughter. Whoever it turns out molested and raped young girls; despite their prestige, political ties, and titles, let them burn. But what if that person is President?
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” — Donald Trump
Is it okay for a pedophile to remain the President of the United States? Certainly, an accusation isn’t enough, it must be proved like against any other defendant. It would require that the Justice Department no longer be held hostage to an opinion preventing the Indictment of a sitting President, or that Congress muster the political will to Impeach a President accused of high crimes and misdemeanors.
The Justice Department opinion should immediately be rewritten to make clear no one is above the law. This is not simply to expose Trump to prosecution but to protect the country from any future President that might seek protection from their crimes through holding the highest office in the land. It is preferable that crimes be handled by the Courts as opposed to by Congress which is too often politically motivated. But it isn’t acceptable to allow the leader of the country to be a criminal. Richard Nixon famously said, “I am not a crook.” Let no future President be able to say, “I am a crook but because my Party holds one branch of Congress, you can’t touch me.”
If this President, or any President, is guilty of the rape of children. Is there any circumstance under which they should be allowed to stay in office, not facing charges as long as they remain? Trump is already speaking openly about possibly serving longer. It probably is a slippery slope that if we consider prosecuting some crimes when committed by a President, where do we stop? While I’m of the opinion we won’t need to stop anywhere, a crime is a crime. We ought to at least start with raping children. A lot of evidence is being collected in the prosecution case against Jeffrey Epstein. The mood of the nation is for no more cover-ups and naming names of everyone involved in the sex ring no matter who. If one of those names is Trump, as already suggested in one lawsuit. What are we prepared to do?