You may recall that former Trump administration Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta wound up having to resign his cabinet position when it came to light that when he was still a U.S. Attorney in Florida, he made a sweetheart deal with the convicted sexual predator/pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But now it appears that another top official in the Trump cabinet also has a connection to the late Mr. Epstein.
According to The Daily Beast:
“In official records, Mnuchin is listed as the official state point of contact for Next Management Corporation, a company formed in 1988 by modeling-industry insiders Jean-Luc Brunel and Arnaud Brunel. At the time, Jean-Luc Brunel had just been the subject of a 60 Minutes documentary accusing him of drugging and raping at least three models. Later, he would be accused by two women of supplying girls to Epstein to be sexually abused. (Brunel has denied the allegations.)”
Yep, Mnuchin appears to be the official business contact person for a modeling agency that was partially owned by a man who provided underage girls to Epstein.
But wait, it gets even seedier, not to mention considerably more perverse.
“A former bookkeeper for one of Brunel’s agencies told the FBI in 2010 that Brunel used the company to bring in teenage models from around the world, and housed them in Epstein’s Upper East Side apartments. The bookkeeper claimed the girls were loaned out to wealthy clients for as much as $100,000 a night and were not paid if they refused to be ‘molested.'”
As you would expect, the Treasury Department and Mnuchin say they have absolutely no idea how his name got connected up with Brunel or Epstein, but their denials have the unmistakable aroma of bullshit:
“A Treasury Department official said Mnuchin did not know he was listed as the DOS process for Next Management Corp. before The Daily Beast’s inquiry. He said it was ‘not clear’ how Mnuchin wound up serving in that role and added that the secretary did not recall ever meeting either Brunel brother and had never done business with either of them.”
So he’s never done business with them, but his name is on the forms filed by the business owners. Did Brunel and his partners just pull Mnuchin’s name out of the New York phone book at random and list him on the forms? Again, that sounds like one hell of a coincidence.
It remains unclear where all of these clues lead, but keep in mind that while Epstein is indeed dead, he left behind lots of evidence in the form of files and videotapes in his personal safe. Those are now in the possession of prosecutors in New York and may well help shed light on both Mnuchin and Donald Trump’s real connections to the notorious hedge fund manager who killed himself rather than face justice.
Stay tuned. This page of infamy regarding the Trump White House is far from being complete.