There could potentially be more charges coming in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking case, Miami Herald reported.
In a filing filed on Friday, federal prosecutors expressed within the document that the federal grand jury investigation into Epstein, his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell and their potential co-conspirators is ongoing, the news agency wrote.
Maxwell was arrested and charged in July in the Southern District of New York with four counts of sex trafficking of a minor stemming from allegedly recruiting and grooming at least three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein to abuse, as Anewspost reported.
Anewspost further reported that Maxwell also stands accused of participating in the abuse of at least one of the victims, who claims that Maxwell raped her repeatably. Maxwell as also accused in Virginia Giuffre’s deposition of participating in orgies with Epstein.
Giuffre alleges that Epstein kept her as a ‘sex slave’ with Maxwell’s assistance.
Maxwell is seeking to use what her lawyers have described as “critical new information” that they obtained from the government in the criminal case to block the release of her 2016 deposition from a separate civil defamation suit that was brought by Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Epstein and Maxwell, in 2015. The case was actually settled in 2017 for an undisclosed sum however media organizations then sued for documents in the case to be made public reopening the case.
Federal prosecutors argued in the recent filing on Friday that if Maxwell gains permission to release the information she’d like to put forth it would endanger their ongoing investigation.
“It would be grossly inappropriate for defense counsel to be permitted to sift through the criminal case discovery and cherry-pick materials they may believe could provide some advantage in their efforts to defend against accusations of abuse by victim plaintiffs, delay court-ordered disclosure of previously sealed materials, or any other legal effort the defendant may be undertaking at any particular time,” the prosecutors wrote.
It’s unknown whether that investigation could potentially lead to more charges against Maxwell, charges against other people within Epstein and Maxwell’s network, or charges against their high profile friends who were involved in the abuse.
“As the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has stated publicly, the investigation into the conduct of the defendant in this case and other possible co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein remains active,” prosecutors wrote. “The full scope and details of that investigation, however, have not been made public.”
Maxwell’s lawyers argue that the release of her deposition could damage her chances at a fair trial, due to the negative publicity that would follow. “If the unsealing order goes into effect, it will forever let the cat out of the bag,” the lawyers said, warning that “intimate, sensitive, and personal information” about Maxwell might “spread like wildfire across the Internet.”
Reuters reports, that her lawyers also argued an unsealing would “let the cat out of the bag” and cause irreversible and unconstitutional negative publicity, as well as undermine the “truth-seeking function” of Maxwell’s trial by leading witnesses to “recast their memories of events from decades ago.”
It’s not surprising that Maxwell’s lawyers would seek to try to prevent victims from recasting their memories or telling their tale during a trial. As John Vibes reported for Anewspost, lawyers for Maxwell attempted to silence Jeffrey Epstein’s victims through the courts, by requesting that a judge block the victims from posting about evidence from the criminal case online. The terms proposed by Maxwell’s legal team also attempted to dictate which evidence could be seen in court.
“There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future public statements,” the lawyers wrote, according to The Guardian.
Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court for permission to seal more than 1,000 pages of additional materials, which include her deposition, filed with the appeal.
Some documents from the defamation case were released last month when Judge Loretta Preska ordered that 80 documents or hundreds of pages would be made public, Anewspost previously reported. During the court hearing at Manhattan’s federal court, Judge Loretta Preska ruled Maxwell’s right to privacy was outweighed by the need for the documents to become public.
Anewspost previously reported that Bill Clinton was seen with at least two young girls according to Giuffre’s testimony. Giuffre’s testimony also included a 139-page document titled: “The Billionaire’s Playboy Club” in which she accused Prince Andrew of groping her and another girl. All of the accused have denied allegations.
The files didn’t just include testimonies naming names by Giuffre, they included personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell, as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer as Anewspost previously reported. Maxwell’s attorney’s earlier argued that the records should be kept under seal, stating it was a “personal intrusion into her sex life.” Her lawyers also expressed that the files were “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media”.
Maxwell is separately seeking to have prosecutors identify her three accusers of her indictment and challenging her confinement conditions at the Brooklyn jail.
Prosecutors say they are protecting the identities of sexual assault victims and are under no legal obligation to identify them.
In the past, Maxwell’s lawyer, Jeff Pagliuca, even went as far as outlining seven categories which he believes prosecutors, the FBI, and victims’ lawyers should be banned from talking about when referencing Maxwell’s case. This list includes the “character or reputation of the accused” and “any opinion as to the accused’s guilt or innocence or as to the merits of the case or the evidence in the case.”
Pagliuca further stated the case was inappropriately handled with the raid at Maxwell’s $1 million home in New Hampshire on July 2nd. Adding, Maxwell was apprehended “without notice.” Someone should probably tell Pagliuca and the rest of Maxwell’s lawyers that they are trying to defend an accused pedophile and silence alleged victims from speaking out about their horrific experiences.
Pagliuca wrote: “Because plain vanilla surrenders lack the fanfare and attendant media coverage afforded to secret, armed, raids at dawn, the Government chose to invade Ms. Maxwell’s New Hampshire residence, arrest her, and stage a media presentation that included numerous statements that prejudice Ms. Maxwell’s right to a fair trial.”
Frankly, it’s quite appalling to watch lawyers attempt to prevent victims of sex trafficking from speaking and getting well-deserved justice. But what’s more shocking is the attempts to hide evidence in their favor to shield their client whom they know has a plethora of evidence against her proving guilt, asking for a “fair trial.” Suppressing evidence and trying to silence victims from speaking, as well as the media from reporting, isn’t a fair trial that’s anything but and it’s utterly disturbing lawyers would go to these lengths for an accused pedophile and procurer of children.
Maxwell is indicted under six counts in Manhattan federal court by a secret Grand Jury the charges allege that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. The indictment admonitions include – conspiracy to entice minors, transporting minors, and perjury. As Anewspost reported, Maxwell has pleaded not guilty set to have her trial next July in 2021.
Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote
Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.
80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.
Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 3, 2021
As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.
During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
BREAKING: The floor of the House of Representatives erupts in applause as Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as speaker of the House for the 117th congress, with 216 votes. https://t.co/z1mlyK1BJN pic.twitter.com/6Wdt3N9ulD
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 3, 2021
Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.
She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.
When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.
Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.
Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.
Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.
According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.
FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii
The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.
Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.
Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.
Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.
“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.
They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.
“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”
About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.
She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.
“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.”
She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.
“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”
FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”
Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”
The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.
The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.
One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.
Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.
The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.
Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.
Police said that they don’t have any suspects.
On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”
In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.
During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.
McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”
McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.
According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.
Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,” an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”
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