(RightWing.org) – Controversy continues to surround the life and crimes of Jeffrey Epstein four years after his suicide in a federal detention center in Manhattan. Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy recently stepped into the fray, claiming he would publish the convicted sex offender’s client list if elected president.
On August 31, Ramaswamy took questions from audience members at a sports-themed restaurant in Marshall, Iowa. A woman in the crowd asked him to release the “Epstein List” to the public, an apparent reference to documents obtained by federal prosecutors before his July 2019 arrest on charges related to the trafficking of minors in New York and Florida. The woman said she was tired of people calling her a conspiracy theorist.
Ramaswamy: “We will publish the Jeffrey Epstein client list, no doubt about it.” https://t.co/s2To7K4blx
— The Recount (@therecount) August 31, 2023
Ramaswamy corrected the woman’s terminology, telling her he thought the country had “a lot of conspiracy realists,” adding that he was “one of them.” Continuing, the presidential hopeful confirmed that he would publish the “Epstein client list” to help restore trust in the government. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Ramaswamy said, adding that he trusted Americans to “confront the truth.”
Media outlets like the Times-Republican speculated that Ramaswamy was talking about Epstein’s flight logs. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a host of internet sleuths have raised the possibility of the existence of a so-called “client list,” but there’s no evidence that the disgraced billionaire maintained one.
It remains unclear if Ramaswamy would have the authority to release any of Epstein’s documents. A federal judge sealed those records shortly after his death. Perhaps he could pressure the Justice Department to petition the court to release any outstanding documents. However, historically, presidents avoid getting involved in issues involving the DOJ and the judiciary.
Additionally, the matter could be moot by January 2025 when a new president (or Joe Biden) takes the oath of office. In February, the Daily Mail reported that a recent legal filing indicated that the court would release the remaining sealed documents related to Epstein’s associates “in the coming months.” The British news outlet revealed the papers would include information regarding “at least one public figure.”
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