Publisher's note: This informational nugget was sent to me by Ben Shapiro, who represents the Daily Wire, and since this is one of the most topical news events, it should be published on BCN.
The author of this post is Emily Zanotti.
The Justice Department unsealed six criminal charges that Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell is facing after the FBI arrested her on Thursday morning.
The unsealed indictment shows that Maxwell faces two counts of Conspiracy to Entice Minors to Travel to Engage in Illegal Sex Acts, two counts of Conspiracy to Transport Minors with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity, and two counts of Perjury.
"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to and including at least in or about 1997, MAXWELL assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to MAXWELL and Epstein to be under the age of 18,"
prosecutors alleged in the indictment. "As a part and in furtherance of their scheme to abuse minor victims, GHISLAINE MAXWELL, the defendant, and Jeffrey Epstein enticed and caused minor victims to travel to Epstein's residences in different states, which MAXWELL knew and intended would result in their grooming for and subjection to sexual abuse."
Prosecutors allege that Maxwell recruited and groomed Epstein's underage victims by asking the victims personal questions about their lives and taking them out to the movies or shopping in order to build relationships with them. Maxwell then allegedly used the trust and rapport that she had developed with each minor to transition the relationship into meeting the Epstein's sexual desires.
Maxwell and Epstein "and others known and unknown, willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit an offense against the United States, to wit, transportation of minors,"
the indictment said. Maxwell and Epstein "and others known and unknown, would and did, knowingly transport an individual who had not attained the age of 18 in interstate and foreign commerce, with intent that the individual engage in sexual activity for which a person can be charged with a criminal offense."
Regarding the perjury charges, the indictment says that Maxwell "knowingly made false material declarations"
to the U.S. government in sworn testimony in an alleged attempt to conceal her actions.
The perjury charges stem from a 2016 deposition that she gave in a civil case in Manhattan federal court that was tied to accusations made against Epstein.
In reference to the first perjury charge, the indictment highlighted the following answers that Maxwell gave to questions that are alleged to be lies:
Former Vice President Joe Biden edged out President Donald Trump in fundraising yet again in the month of June but both candidates reported record fundraising hauls as the 2020 presidential election begins to heat up.
"Biden and the Democratic National Committee's fundraising arm jointly raised more than $141 million in June, his campaign said Wednesday, its most in a single month,"
USA Today reported Thursday. "The money includes boosts from President Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), each of whom hosted virtual fundraisers for Biden in June."
Warren actually broke a campaign promise not to engage in high-dollar fundraisers to rake in cash for Biden in June, appearing as part of a high-profile online event that drew a number of big-money Democratic donors. Obama, just like Hillary Clinton before him, headlined another high-dollar event, drawing in donors who, because of a necessary agreement with the Democratic National Committee, were able to give upwards of a quarter-million dollars each to the Biden campaign.
The Obama fundraiser alone raised a reported $11 million, and Obama's continued involvement in Biden's campaign has become a key element in pushing Biden ahead of Trump both nationally and in certain key battleground states, particularly given that Biden goes for long periods of time with no public appearances — sometimes as long as two months.
But the Trump campaign wasn't far behind Biden; after restarting their fundraising efforts in earnest following coronavirus-related lockdowns, the Trump-Republican National Committee alliance, which benefits from the same sort of agreement Biden has with the DNC, drew in a whopping $131 million in June, just $10 million behind Biden.
The Trump campaign says that their biggest one-day total came on the president's birthday; they raised $14 million with a coordinated push to honor Trump's 74th.
Biden is making up for time lost while he was competing for the 2020 Democratic nomination, a title he didn't officially earn until early June, despite having no competitors. Because of the time spent proving himself against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Biden lags far behind in cash on hand. His war chest has just over $80 million, even though he and the DNC pulled in more than $280 million from February through June.
President Donald Trump, to the contrary, has $295 million cash on hand after raising around $266 million in the second quarter.
There are concerns beyond fundraising for Trump; after a disastrous return to the campaign trail — a poorly attended event in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was touted as a blockbuster — the president has been lagging so far behind in the polls that he is reportedly considering a major campaign shakeup.
So far, though, few changes have happened, and with Biden announcing Wednesday that he is not ready to return to the campaign trail and will be avoiding public events — at least for the time being — a major change may not be necessary to move both poll and fundraising numbers.