By Daniel M | August 12, 2019
A man who former President Bill Clinton had wanted to name to the Supreme Court has just been named by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex slaves of sexual misconduct.
Daily Caller reported that Virginia Giuffre said Epstein forced her to perform erotic massages and have sex with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, an elder statesmen in the Democratic Party whom former President Bill Clinton asked to succeed Justice Harry Blackmun on the Supreme Court in 1994. Mitchell responded to the allegations by denying any wrongdoing.
“I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre,” Mitchell said. “In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact.”
When Blackmum, a Republican, retired int 1994, Mitchell was considered the favorite to be nominated to take his spot. During his time as Senate Majority Leader, Mitchell was chief legislative advocate of Clinton’s health care reform efforts, which were well underway at the time of Blackmum’s retirement. It was soon feared that nominating Mitchell would impede Clinton’s plan to pass a reform package. Mitchell convoyed these fears to Clinton himself, and though he was asked to sleep on it by the president, he did not change his mind.
Afterwards, Clinton thanked Mitchell “for his willingness to forgo a great personal opportunity, in anticipation of an enormous struggle with an uncertain result, for a result that is worth the careers of many of us.”
“I think it’s going to require every bit of energy and effort and concentration that I have,” Mitchell said at the time.
Joe Biden, who was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, had lobbied hard for Mitchell to be nominated and he was disappointed by his decision to not accept the nomination. Clinton ended up nominating Justice Stephen Breyer, who remains on the highest court in the land to this day.
This is just the latest high profile person close to Clinton to be embroiled in the Epstein case. The nation is still reeling at this time from Epstein’s suicide on Saturday morning as he was in prison on numerous sex charges. Epstein had been a personal friend of Clinton in years past, and many have speculated that the former president may end up being implicated in some of his crimes.
This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.
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