Jeffrey Epstein‘s newly-released private calendar revealed he had scheduled meetings with a slew of prominent individuals, including the current CIA director, after he was convicted as a sex offender.
The documents contain emails and scheduled meetings with now-CIA Director William Burns, Bard College president Leon Botstein, Obama’s White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler and professor Noam Chomsky.
The meetings were scheduled between 2013 to 2017 after the pedophile had served time in jail in 2008 for sex crimes involving a teenage girl.
The purpose of the meetings was not revealed in the trove of documents, which were obtained by The Wall Street Journal and published on Sunday.
Epstein, who was dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused girls and young women, was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The city’s medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
Jeffrey Epstein’s newly-released private calendar revealed that he had scheduled meetings with a slew of prominent individuals, including the current CIA director and an attorney who served in the Obama administration, after he was a convicted sex offender
William Burns, who has been the director of the CIA since 2021, met with Epstein a decade ago when he was leaving government service, CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said
Burns, who has been the director of the CIA since 2021 under President Joe Biden, met with Epstein a decade ago when Burns was preparing to leave government service at that time, according to CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp.
‘The director did not know anything about him, other than that he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector,’ she said. ‘They had no relationship.’
Documents containing the private calendar revealed that Burns, who visited met Epstein in Washington and once went to his townhouse in Manhattan, had meetings scheduled with him in 2014.
Many other appointments with prominent people were scheduled to take place at Epstein’s townhouse – a place where prosecutors in 2019 alleged Epstein sexually abused female victims, many of them underage.
Kathryn Ruemmler, who was a White House counsel in the Obama administration, and joined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2020, had dozens of meetings planned with Epstein.
She had also been scheduled to join Epstein on a trip to Paris in 2015 and a visit to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean in 2017, according to the documents.
They first met after he called her to ask if she would be interested in representing Mr. Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a Goldman Sachs spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.
There was a discussion between Epstein and his staff about whether Ruemmler would be uncomfortable with the presence of young women who worked as assistants at the townhouse, according to the documents.
Kathryn Ruemmler, who was a White House counsel in the Obama administration, and joined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2020, had dozens of meetings planned with Epstein. Pictrured: Ruemmler appears on ‘Meet the Press’ in Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 29, 2014
In emails detailed in the documents, a few of the women alleged to have worked for Epstein asked if they should avoid the home while Ruemmler was there. Epstein told one woman not to be around, but told the other it would be OK.
During her meetings at the townhouse, Ruemmler didn’t express any concern about their presence, the Goldman spokesman said.
Ruemmler had more than three dozen appointments with Epstein, including lunches and dinners, according to the documents.
‘In the normal course, Epstein also invited her to meetings and social gatherings, introduced her to other business contacts and made referrals,’ the Goldman spokesman said. ‘It was the same kinds of contacts and engagements she had with other contacts and clients.’
She was scheduled to fly with Epstein to Paris and in 2017 and his island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the day, according to the documents.
But Ruemmler never visited his island and ‘never accepted an invitation or an opportunity to fly with Jeffrey Epstein anywhere,’ the Goldman spokesman said.
Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, had dozens of meetings with Epstein at his townhouse, the first in 2012 to thank him for his donations, which continued. In 2015, Epstein donated 66 laptops, the documents show.
President of Bard College Leon Botstein had meetings with Epstein, the first in 2012 to thank him for his donations. He was aware of Epstein’s past but added they ‘believe in rehabilitation’
‘I was an unsuccessful fundraiser and actually the object of a little bit of sadism on his part in dangling philanthropic support,’ Botstein said. ‘That was my relationship with him.’
Botstein admitted he was aware of Epstein’s past.
‘We looked him up, and he was a convicted felon for a sex crime,’ he said. Bard has a large program providing education to prisoners, he said. ‘We believe in rehabilitation.’
According to the documents, Botstein, who was also the music director for the American Symphony Orchestra, invited Epstein to an opera at Bard in 2013, and a concert at the college in 2016. Epstein planned to bring some of his young female assistants each time.
Epstein also had a meeting with noted liberal activist and professor Noam Chomsky, who told the outlet that they discussed political and academic topics, specifically about Israel-Palestine relations.
The meetings between Chomsky and Esptein also included former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.
Noam Chomsky said he met with Epstein in 2015 to discuss political and academic topics.
All of the meetings with Epstein happened before federal investigators accused him with a slew of sex-trafficking crimes. The charges happened after media reports of his sweetheart deal in Florida in 2008 that saw him quietly serve time for sex crimes.
The reports sparked backlash and fervor over the deal with Epstein.
Prosecutors then charged and arrested Epstein. He was found dead in his federal jail cell as he awaited trial on the latest charges. Officials ruled his death a suicide, but there have been questions raised on if foul play was involved.
Epstein’s mistress, Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of crimes related to the sex ring and sentenced to 20 years in prison. She is appealing her conviction.
Virginia Roberts also sued Prince Andrew for his alleged role in Epstein’s sex ring. The case ended when a settlement was reached in February 2022, with Andrew paying a reported $12million.