GOP Congressman gets the Boot and Epstein Finally gets Arrested

Grind for July 10th, 2019
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Its About Time

The Headline

Financier Jeffrey Epstein arrested and charged with sex trafficking

The Grind

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York in relation to sex trafficking crimes committed between 2002 and 2005.

Attorneys claim he ran a “network and operation” that allowed him to abuse dozens of underage girls. Epstein allegedly paid the girls in cash for each “sexual encounter” and for recruiting other girls.

The Details

Epstein had already been under scrutiny related to a secret plea deal that allowed him to spend just 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking in 2007. Many suspect his connections to powerful figures like Bill Clinton enabled him to escape a life sentence.

This time, he faces a maximum sentence of 45 years.

“It’s been a long time coming – it’s been too long coming,” says attorney David Boies. “It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.”

Partisan media outlets have responded to Epstein’s arrest by trying to tie their opponents to the pedophile, but it is unclear which of Epstein’s friends were involved.

The primary suspect is Bill Clinton, who flew on Epstein’s private jet – dubbed the “Lolita Express” – 26 times during the period outlined in the indictment, many times without Secret Service.

“When you hang out with a guy who has a reputation like Jeffrey Epstein, multiple times, on private jets, on weekends, on trips…it would be good to know what our former president was doing,” said Reince Priebus.


The Headline

GOP Congressman uninvited to speak at cybersecurity conference

The Grind

Former CIA officer and Texas Rep. William Hurd (R) was uninvited to give the keynote address at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference after receiving an invitation to speak.

“I was not uninvited because of my positions on cybersecurity,” he wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. “I was uninvited because the organizers of the conference were criticized by a few individuals who opposed the selection of a speaker with a conservative voting record.”

Hurd worries the rebuke is indicative of a much larger problem.

“I wish the Black Hat Conference nothing but success, but I am concerned that this is yet another data point in a growing trend where individuals are unwilling to engage with people who think differently from them.”

The Details

Hurd represents Texas’s 23rd district, a region that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso along the US-Mexico border. Hurd describes the region as a “true swing district” that gives him the opportunity to engage with people of varying opinions.

“This kind of engagement has taught me that disagreement is the cornerstone of the competition of ideas. We are a better country for it, and I hope that going forward we can avoid politicizing issues like cybersecurity that are essential to the security of our nation.”

Black Hat is an annual cybersecurity conference that presents the latest R&D and offers attendees the chance to train with experts from around the world. This year’s event will take place in August in Las Vegas.

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