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By Robert A. Vella

Jeffrey Epstein has reportedly died in jail apparently by committing suicide.  The billionaire who made a lot of friends in high places, and who had escaped the usual justice meted out to serious sex offenders for many years, finally ran out of luck and privilege thanks to the brave victims who spoke out about his crimes, and to the earnest journalists who exposed the prosecutorial and political corruption which had allowed him to go free.  This case also brought down President Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta who had granted Epstein an unjustifiable non-prosecution deal over a decade ago in Florida, and other officials involved in that arrangement are still facing scrutiny.  Epstein’s death, however, is not relieving any pressure to find out exactly what happened back then and who might be implicated in the Acosta decision.

The latest in a long series of deregulatory moves by the Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump has effectively ended its stated purpose to “protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment air, water, and land upon which life depends.”  Now, the EPA seems intent upon doing the opposite.

In another long line of incidents plaguing the Trump administration, one more government official has resigned and issued a public statement condemning Trump’s presidency as “cruel and incompetent.”

The end of Jeffrey Epstein

From:  Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail, Officials Say

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was long dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of girls and who was able to cultivate a stream of high-profile friends despite his lurid lifestyle, killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell, two law enforcement officials said on Saturday.

Mr. Epstein hanged himself and his body was found at roughly 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

The end of the EPA

From:  EPA drops protection for wild salmon in Alaska Bristol Bay

The Environmental Protection Agency told staff scientists that it was no longer opposing a controversial Alaska mining project that could devastate one of the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries just one day after President Trump met with Alaska’s governor, CNN has learned.

The EPA publicly announced the reversal July 30, but EPA staff sources tell CNN that they were informed of the decision a month earlier, during a hastily arranged video conference after Trump’s meeting with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The governor, a supporter of the project, emerged from that meeting saying the president assured him that he’s “doing everything he can to work with us on our mining concerns.”

The news came as a “total shock” to some top EPA scientists who were planning to oppose the project on environmental grounds, according to sources. Those sources asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

The copper-and-gold mine planned near Bristol Bay, Alaska, known as Pebble Mine, was blocked by the Obama administration’s EPA after scientists found that the mine would cause “complete loss of” the bay’s fish habitat.

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The end of another Trump administration official

From:  Ex-Foreign Service officer rips Trump administration ‘cruelty’ after resignation

A former Foreign Service officer whose resignation took effect this week tore into President Trump on Friday evening, labeling his administration cruel and incompetent.

“What’s different is kind of the naked unapologetic cruelty. That’s the first thing. The second thing is, you know, the sheer managerial incompetence of this administration. The rollout of the Muslim ban, that executive order, was disastrous,” Chuck Park said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Park, who wrote a blistering op-ed this week about his time in the government under Trump, joined the Foreign Service in 2010 under former President Obama. He wrote this week that he could no longer be part of what he called the “Complacent State.”

23 thoughts on “The end of Jeffrey Epstein, the end of the EPA, and the end of another Trump administration official

  1. I made the horrendous mistake this morning before the suicide was announced of reading through the accusations. Absolutely ruined the rest of the day for me. Appalling how it was all allowed to happen for so long without consequences. And what a strange cast list including Maxwell’s daughter – very disturbing.

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    • Disturbing and appalling, indeed. All because Epstein was rich and well-connected.

      For readers not familiar with this discussion, see: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/british-socialite-ghislaine-maxwell-in-spotlight-after-epsteins-apparent-suicide/ar-AAFD9AA

      His death came hours after the release of 2,000 pages of court documents, part of a related lawsuit, that revealed allegations that Epstein and a former longtime member of his inner circle, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, ordered a teenage girl to have sex with high-powered men.

      The U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan, where Epstein was held pending trial, said Saturday that the investigation into the charges in the indictment against him, including one count of conspiracy, will continue.

      One person who could come under a greater focus is Maxwell.

      Daughter of the late publishing mogul Robert Maxwell, she was a close friend and confidant of Epstein’s after they were first romantically linked in the early 1990s, according to reports.

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    • Certainly not, John. In my long career as a computer programmer, I changed assignments more than I wanted to because of similar shenanigans. One client I subcontracted for instructed me to alter the billing software to allow a large retail company to change the prices of products after having been ordered by the customer. When I questioned the legality of this software modification, the instruction was withdrawn and my assignment was cancelled several days later. They probably just got some other programmer to perform the modification after I was gone.

      I noticed during my career that such ethical stances are quite rare. Most people who have comfortable, high-paying jobs don’t want to rock the boat. They prefer to keep a low profile and collect their fat checks on a regular basis. I’m sure that it’s the same situation at the EPA.

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  3. When I first saw the Epstein bulletin, I thought it was a bad joke. And then I have been thinking it’s like a mafia hit. Take out a liability before he can talk, especially, given the high ranking individuals involved.

    Trump admin I think has gone mad. Or maybe the corporations that run your country have no concern for environmental controls.

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  4. Suicide smells fishy to me. I’ve seen too many crime shows where a person who can spill the goods on high ranking people are “taken care of.”

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      • Some of the news sources are saying it’s conspiracy theories running wild. But it does make you wonder … especially when even our dear leader is mentioned as a friend (which, of course, he denies) and probable participant.

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        • This is EXACTLY the type of thing Putin would do, and we all know how much tRump loves and adores his master. Also, I’ve 0% faith or n ANY of what passes for “media” today. It is, IMO, the fault of the “media”, that tRump got elected and I do NOT just mean Fox News. The media ADORES tRump and they HANG on EVERY thing he does and says. The media has normalized this man and his behavior, IMO. Someone in “media” needs to do a full blown investigation into Epstein’s suicide, but, of course, they won’t. I think decent journalism and hardcore investigative reporting has long since died away, and we now have “click bait” media that worries only about ratings and viewer numbers–not hardcore, honest reporting. Just my opinion, but I do not think I’m alone in it.

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  5. The Chuck Park–a former Foreign Service officer–interview is also disturbing. How frustrating it must be for our overseas diplomats when directives can change without notice, according to the whims of their boss in the White House. What a winning strategy!

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