Scandal erupting in Washington is, unfortunately, a regular occurrence. But there’s nothing quite like a sex scandal, as any politician or bureaucrat ever caught in one knows. The latest one is threatening careers across the political spectrum.
A decade ago, financier and philanthropist Jeffrey Epstein took a plea deal for charges related to under-age sex, and the resulting fallout has wrapped up Professor Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat, and Labor Secretary Alex Costa, a Republican.
Dershowitz, a prominent law professor at Harvard, was recently slammed in open court by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre for not only defending Epstein but engaging in sexual relations with some of the women who were victimized by him.
Through her attorney, Giuffre is requesting that documents be unsealed to show she was “trafficked to Epstein’s friends, including Alan Dershowitz.” Dershowitz’s lawyer, Andrew Celli, denied the allegations and requested that three documents be unsealed to prove otherwise.
Labor Secretary Alex Costa’s role pertains to his handling of Epstein’s case when he served as the U.S. attorney for South Florida. The claim is that he and other prosecutors broke the law by working out the plea deal for Epstein without first consulting Epstein’s victims.
There are other DC power-players in this scenario as well, and the situation has only gotten more complicated as this case unfolds. Regardless of how it all ends, however, the careers and reputations of those involved will never recover.
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