According to a recent report by The New York Post, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
“Federal Election Commission records show that Schumer received seven $1,000 donations from Epstein between 1992 and 1997, first as a US congressman from New York and then when he was vying to be the state’s senator in 1998, an election he won,” the Post reported.
Epstein has been making headlines since his arrest on Saturday when he was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy after he allegedly sexually abused multiple underaged girls.
In addition to his earlier contributions, the billionaire was also found to have given $10,000 to Victory in New York, a joint fundraising committee established by Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Epstein also gave $5,000 to Win New York, a Schumer-associated joint committee that benefited the Liberal Party of New York state, according to the Post.
“At the time, donors could give $1,000 to a candidate per election — once in the primary and again in the general,” the Post reported.
All told, Schumer and his related funding avenues received a total of $22,000 from the now-disgraced billionaire, according to the recent report.
Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro responded to the report saying, “While these campaign accounts closed about 20 years ago, and even then the campaign never controlled the two political action committees (PACs), Senator Schumer is donating an equal sum to anti-sex trafficking and anti-violence against women groups.”
This isn’t the first time that the Congressional Democrat has been found with tainted money in his campaign, as he previously donated $14,200 to several women-centered charities, due to it being the same amount that accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein had donated to his campaign.
Despite his financial connection to the sex offender, Schumer didn’t pull any punches when he demanded that former US Attorney turned Trump administration Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta be called to task for brokering a deal with Epstein in the early 2000s.
Schumer spoke from the Senate floor on Tuesday and called for Acosta to resign from his position:
“Instead of prosecuting a predator and serial sex trafficker of children, Acosta chose to let him off easy,” Schumer said on the floor. “This is not acceptable. We cannot have, as one of the leading appointed officials in America, someone who has done this.”