A new trove of documents reveals the people associated with Jeffrey Epstein in the years after he was convicted as a sex offender are more significant than previously known.
None of the newly divulged names appear in Epstein’s notorious “black book” of contacts or the public flight logs of his private jet.
Among the documents, which includes previously unseen private schedules, it is revealed that William Burns, Biden’s current director of the Central Intelligence Agency, met with Epstein three times in 2014 when he was deputy secretary of state.
The two first met in Washington, but Burns later traveled to Epstein’s townhouse in Manhattan.
Another Democrat White House operative, Kathryn Ruemmler, had dozens of meetings with Epstein.
Ruemmler was a White House counsel under former President Barack Obama before she became a top lawyer with Goldman Sachs in 2020.
She also joined Epstein on a 2015 trip to Paris and a 2017 visit to his private island in the Caribbean.
The president of private liberal arts school Bard College, Leon Botstein, invited Epstein to the campus. He brought along a group of young female guests, according to the documents.
While the documents don’t list the purposes for most of the meetings on the schedules, many of those listed have responded to the Wall Street Journal’s requests for comment with excuses and justifications.
CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said Burns met with Epstein as he prepared to leave the government and sought advice about his next career move.
“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.
However, it is difficult to believe that the deputy secretary of state had no knowledge of Epstein as the 2008 case made national and global headlines after federal officials identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, allegedly abused by Epstein.
His name became even more infamous after he accepted a controversial plea deal to avoid all but two charges, for which he served less than 13 months in custody.