Man behind debunked dossier pushed the myth of a close relationship between Trump and Epstein
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the discredited Trump dossier used a basis for the government’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, sought to tie Trump to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – a good friend of former president Bill Clinton and many of the global elite.
A source who spoke to The Washington Times indicated Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Trump and Epstein – a former options trader at Bear Stearns sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to soliciting sex from an underage girl.
Ken Silverstein, a reporter for Vice.com who wrote a piece attempting to tie Trump to Epstein in January 2016, confirmed to the Times it was sourced by Fusion GPS.
“Since you asked, yes, they helped me with that,” Silverstein said. “But as you can see, I could not make a strong case for Trump being super close to Epstein, so they could hardly have been thrilled with that story. [In my humble opinion], that was the best story written about Trump’s ties to Epstein, but I failed to nail him.”
“Trump’s ties were mild compared to Bill Clinton’s,” he added.
Trump’s ties to Epstein appear to be strictly social, including some dinner parties, two plane trips, and meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida – a far cry from the over 25 confirmed flights by Bill Clinton aboard Epstein’s Lolita Express, and his visits to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean (known to many as “Pedo Island”).
While he only served 13 months in prison, it has been alleged that Epstein trafficked girls as young as twelve to his private island to engage in sex acts with his rich friends.
In an act seeming connected to the attempt to tie Trump to Epstein, an anonymous woman filed a lawsuit claiming Trump raped her when she was a teenage acquaintance of Epstein’s.
“Jane Doe” dropped her dubious civil lawsuit a few days before the presidential election – a story that inspired an episode to Law and Order Special Victim’s Unit at the time.