The Manhattan district attorney who declined to prosecute Harvey Weinstein and also protected President Donald Trump’s adult children from potential felony fraud charges reportedly attempted to help out billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to the New York Post.
The Manhattan DA’s office once went to bat for billionaire pervert Jeffrey Epstein, after botching a review of his sex crimes and swallowing his lawyers’ claim that “there are no real victims here,” records obtained by the Post show.
Assistant DA Jennifer Gaffney, then-deputy chief of Cyrus Vance Jr.’s sex-crimes unit, in January 2011 asked a Manhattan judge to downgrade Epstein’s status in the New York sex-offender registry from the most-dangerous Level 3 to least-restrictive Level 1.
The judge was stunned.
“I have never seen the prosecutor’s office do anything like this,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz told Gaffney. “I have done many [cases] much less troubling than this one where [prosecutors] would never make a downward argument like this.”
Pickholz said she was “shocked” that Gaffney’s office failed to properly investigate the matter.
The issue picked up renewed interest in light of the investigative report published by the Miami Herald last week, which revealed a “non-prosecution agreement” Epstein received in Florida that hid evidence of his extensive crimes and sheltered him from a hefty punishment.
According to Vance’s office, he had no knowledge of the matter and was only made aware years later.
“Our prosecutor made a mistake,” Vance spokesman Danny Frost said of Gaffney.
Gaffney, a prosecutor working in the Harvey Weinstein probe, left the DA’s office in September. She declined to comment.
Some law enforcement sources don’t believe Vance had no clue that his office had a sex-offender case involving a Manhattan mogul with close ties to Democrats.
“This is very unusual,” one said. “There is no way Vance didn’t know. The question is why — and who asked for the favor.”