Today billionaire Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to charges that, between 2002 and 2005, he sexually abused a number of underage girls at New York and Florida locations. In a raid of his New York property (one of his many homes, in Florida, on a private Caribbean Island, and other locations), authorities seized new lewd photos of underage girls, some labeled with names of both the girl involved, and the male also pictured. Epstein remains incarcerated.
Epstein is an old friend of Donald Trump’s. In a New York magazine profile, Trump said about Epstein: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Also released today was a copy of Epstein’s ‘Little Black Book,‘ containing a book containing of many of his Epstein’s key contacts, with whom he would pal around in New York and Florida. (This apparently surfaced because one of Epstein’s former aides had given to authorities.) Within that black book were listed the names of a number prominent people. Included, at page 80, is C. Thomas McMillen, current CEO of LEAD1, a private trade group consisting of 129 athletics directors at NCAA Division 1 schools in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). (Just below that entry is also one for a Thomas C. McMillen, which might be the same person.)
Trump and McMillen go way back, although McMillen has given conflicting accounts as to how long. In January 2019, Trump told Maryland Matters, that “I’ve known him about 40 years.” But McMillen had told the Post in 2017 that it had been 30 years – a version given as McMillen booked Trump’s Washington hotel for a posh LEAD1 gala. “It’s a great venue,” McMillen had said, about the Trump hotel. “It’s large, it’s got capacity and obviously I’ve had relations with the president-elect for 30 years.”
According to the post, “McMillen said he saw nothing wrong with booking Trump’s hotel at a time when his group is seeking to build political relationships.” “I’m sure [George]Washington had conflicts, too,” McMillen offered.” Washington had “tons of land in the western frontier, so he had tons of conflicts,” McMillen explained.“It was an interesting time. Real estate is a tough thing because you can’t sell it, and I think back to presidents that had great wealth.” (Full video is here.)