Prosecutors: Jeffrey Epstein Paid $350,000 to ‘Silence’ Potential Witnesses

Trump defends Alex Acosta in front of reporters outside the White House

Trump defends Alex Acosta in front of reporters outside the White House

Prosecutors fetch accused jailed U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying gargantuan amounts of cash to two individuals who may per chance per chance per chance be skill witnesses in his child sex trafficking case to have the choice to lead them.

Prosecutors acknowledged Epstein sent a complete of $350,000 (£278,000) to two suspected co-conspirators leisurely final year. He has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy.

He is due in courtroom on Monday for a hearing to be aware of his ranking a query to of for bail.

The former hedge fund manager - who was arrested last week on child sex trafficking charges - doled out a total of at least $350,000 to two people a year ago, federal prosecutors said in new court papers.

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier charged with sexually abusing young girls in a case that led to the resignation of the United States (US) labor secretary, was accused on Friday of paying off possible co-conspirators to "influence" them, US media reported.

Prosecutors said in Friday's filing that they had learned of the payments to potential witnesses from financial records obtained from an unnamed financial institution.

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Epstein has pleaded not guilty to one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.

In accordance with an indictment, the prosperous financier paid women beneath the age of 18 to ruin sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005.

They cited his payments to imaginable witnesses and the risk that he would soar as causes to retain him in jail, while describing him as "unrepentant and unreformed".

"Alex called me this morning and wanted to see me", President Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House on a trip to Wisconsin yesterday.

Mr Acosta has served in Mr Trump's Cabinet since April 2017 and from 2005 through 2009 was the USA attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee who has called on Acosta to testify on the Epstein matter, said in a statement: "Secretary Acosta's role in approving the extremely favourable deal for Jeffrey Epstein raises significant concerns about his failure to respect the rights of the victims, many of whom were children when they were assaulted".

Federal authorities are seeking to block Epstein's release as he awaits trial stemming from charges brought against him earlier this week.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta's resignation announcement on Friday sparked demands from progressive groups for Congress to "hold abusers and their enablers"-including President Donald Trump-"accountable".

Of their argument for bail Thursday, Epstein's attorneys argued in favor of house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Long island mansion, where prosecutors converse among the sexual process took space.

"It would be selfish for me to stay in this position and continue talking about a case that is 12 years old rather than the awesome economy we have right now".

I will say this, and I say it against and I say it loud and clear: Alex Acosta was a great secretary of labor, ' he told

New York-born Epstein worked as a teacher before moving into finance.

Epstein had a social circle that over the years has included Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew. 'He's a lot of fun to be with.

They said he paid $250,000 in December to another person identified in the agreement as a possible co-conspirator and employee.