Senator Chuck Schumer accepted thousands of dollars in donations from Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s, according to the NY Post. Schumer has recently been vocal in demanding that President Trump “answer” for his relationship with Epstein, while also urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign.
FEC records showed that Schumer took in seven $1,000 donations between 1992 and 1997 from Epstein. The donations were accepted first as a US congressman, then later while running for the state’s senator.
We reported Sunday night that Epstein had has been arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. The new charges claim that “Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for ‘massages’ and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his residence in Palm Beach.”
Epstein also donated $10,000 to Victory in New York, a fundraising committee established between Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
He also donated $5,000 to Win New York, a Schumer-linked joint committee that benefited the Liberal Part of New York State. Both of these donations took place in October 1998 and benefited the Liberal Party of New York, as Epstein had likely already hit his $2,000 limit in donating directly to Schumer.
The NY Post says that Schumer and Schumer-linked entities received $22,000.
A spokesman for Schumer said:
“While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.”
Schumer previously donated $14,200 to charities supporting women after it was revealed he had taken that amount in donations by accused sex predator Harvey Weinstein.
Schumer demanded on Tuesday that Labor Secretary Acosta resign, stating:
“Instead of prosecuting a predator and serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta chose to let him off easy. This is not acceptable. We cannot have, as one of the leading appointed officials in America, someone who has done this.”
Schumer said the DOJ should make its public review of Acosta’s handling of the case public.
Finally, Schumer has demanded that Trump elaborate on comments he made in 2002 when he called Epstein a “terrific guy”.