New details on the pending release of more than 170 names connected to Jeffrey Epstein reveal that some of the world’s most “known and notable” individuals will be among them, including multiple former U.S. presidents.
Calling them “some of Jeffrey Epstein’s closest friends,” NewsNation correspondent Dray Clark hinted that the January 1st release of 177 names connected to Epstein as part of a civil lawsuit will officially confirm individuals long known to be associated with the notorious pedophile. Among those expected to be named are Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Bill Clinton. Individuals on the list have a 14-day window to petition for their privacy to remain in place.
“Many of those names that will come out certainly are known and notable including former U.S. presidents, but they are now all part of a civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell brought by Virginia Duffrey,” a woman who accused the aide to Epstein of abusing her, Clark said. Maxwell was convicted in 2021 of aiding Epstein in the abuse of young girls and sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison.
“Meanwhile, at least 11 names will not be released, including eight people who have been identified as minor victims of sexual abuse,” Clark added.
Former defense attorney Josh Schiffer spoke about why some people on the list are desperately fighting to have their names redacted.
“There’s a lot of reasons someone wouldn’t want their name associated with someone whose name is literally everything bad in high society, and regular society for that matter,” Schiffer told NewsNation. “If you were someone of particular, current, relevant importance — think someone big in finance, think someone big in politics — Jeffrey Epstein knew everyone.”
The child philanderer and Democratic donor died by suicide in 2019 while in jail awaiting prosecution. A federal report in the aftermath blamed poor oversight of his safety by jail officials, but its conclusions haven’t stopped speculation that some of the powerful individuals associated with Epstein may have played a role in his death.
At the height of his power, Epstein was granted an advisory role to reform laws for sex offenders in the Virgin Islands, site of his notorious compound where much of his abuse took place. The release of additional names tied to Epstein coincides with an effort by U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to obtain the flight logs from his private jet.