Recently unsealed documents from a civil lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell include some disturbing allegations against high-profile figures — including former President Bill Clinton.
But while an alleged victim claims Clinton visited Epstein’s private island along with “two young girls,” bias-checking site Ground Checker noted that the bombshell testimony received scant attention among left-leaning news sources.
A partisan divide
The documents were recently released to the public and contained testimony from individuals who shared alleged eyewitness accounts of Epstein’s island and the sex crimes that occurred there.
According to Ground Checker, only Newsweek, the New York Daily News, and Yahoo! News covered the story among left-leaning outlets, aside from a few more obscure sites.
In contrast, established media companies like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many others apparently ignored the story.
About 16% of the overall coverage of this development in the Epstein saga came from left-wing sources as compared to about 78% from outlets leaning to the right. Centrist sources — notably USA Today and Political Wire — accounted for 6% of the coverage.
Angel Urena, a Clinton spokesperson, issued a statement following the release of these documents in which he reiterated the former president’s assertion that he has never been to Epstein’s island and had not spoken to the disgraced financier for more than a decade before his crimes came to light.
Nevertheless, alleged Epstein victim Virginia Guiffre testified that he was at the location, though she said in other testimony that she never witnessed any inappropriate behavior on his part.
Clinton has admitted that he flew on Epstein’s private plane on four international trips, but flight logs published by the now-defunct site Gawker showed that he took at least 11 trips on the plane.
Sarah Kellen, an assistant to Maxwell and Epstein who allegedly recruited young women and girls for Epstein and his associates to sexually abuse, was also on the plane at the same time as Clinton for some of those flights, according to Newsweek.
Epstein died in August 2019 in his prison cell, months after his arrest. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the New York Post, though circumstances surrounding the case has led to speculation. In any case, he took untold secrets — including the names of elites who might have been involved in his criminal lifestyle — to the grave.
With Maxwell’s arrest and the release of documents like those unsealed this week, however, it appears some of those secrets might come to light anyway.