During his court appearance on Monday, the government told the court, that Epstein was a flight risk by citing the existence of a foreign passport issued with Epstein’s photo, but under a different name.
The Judge did not rule on bail on Monday, instead Epstein is due in court on Thursday.
Ahead of the scheduled bail hearing Epstein’s attorney, Marc Fernich, wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman, and explained that the passport, was just for Epstein’s personal protection.
According to the nine-page memo, the expired Austrian passport was obtain the lawyer says in the 1980’s, when hijackings were an issue with Middle East travel and was only to be presented in the case Epstein was kidnapped. Fernich also notes that the government offered nothing to suggest the expired passport was ever used by Epstein.
Epstein – an affluent member of the Jewish faith – acquired the passport in the 1980s, when hijackings were prevalent, in connection to Middle East travel.
The passport was for personal protection in the event of travel to dangerous areas, only to be presented to potential kidnapers, hijackers or terrorists should violent episodes occur.
And the government offers nothing to suggest – and certainly no evidence – that Epstein ever used it.Frenich Memo 7/16/19
In response to the charge that the government has no evidence that Epstein used the phony passport, Courthouse News reports that U.S. Attorney Alison Moe, wrote a one page response that stated, “in fact, the passport contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.”
Moe went on to criticize the defense further, noting that the defense failed to explain how Epstein even obtained the foreign passport, nor did they explain if Epstein was currently “a citizen or legal permanent resident of a country other than the United States.”
President Trump was asked about his past relationship Epstein during a presser from the oval office and said, “I wasn’t a fan,” of Epstein, and that the pair had a falling out about fifteen years ago.
In light of the President’s statement NBC News on Wednesday released footage of Epstein and President Trump, then-businessmen Trump partying together with NFL cheerleaders at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in 1992.