As the saga of Jeffrey Epstein’s illicit activity unfolded last year, Business Insider reported that another member of the Trump administration was found to be linked to the now-deceased sex offender.
The Daily Beast reportedly discovered a tie between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Jean-Luc Brunel, one of Epstein’s associates who “has been accused of sexual assault, rape, and procuring girls” for the financier.
Brunel, a French modeling scout, has denied the accusations.
Mnuchin's name appears on legal documents as a "state point of contact" for Brunel's Next Management Corporation, a company he co-owns with his brother.
Business Insider explained that a “state point of contact is responsible for liaising between a company and the New York Department of State, filing legal documents and receiving lawsuits and other legal information on a company's behalf.”
But Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley denied in a written statement that Mnuchin had ever met Brunel let alone provided legal services for him, saying his name must be on the documents in error.
"Secretary Mnuchin never served in any official capacity in Next Management Corporation, never did any business with nor knows either of the Brunel brothers, and never had any ownership stake in Next Management Corporation or any related entities."
"Secretary Mnuchin had no knowledge whatsoever that he was listed as a point of contact — at an address he's not familiar with — for a company that he's had no dealings with. That listing was clearly an error."
However, The Daily Beast reported:
Mnuchin’s office did confirm that he was longtime friends with Faith Kates, the owner of the Next modeling agency. The Brunel brothers co-founded the Next agency with Kates in 1989, and their company, Next Management Corp., owned a 25 percent stake in the agency for several years. The address listed under Mnuchin’s name in the state department records is the first address for Kates’ company, Next Management Company.
Reached by The Daily Beast, Kates denied any involvement with setting up Next Management Corporation and said she had nothing to do with Mnuchin serving as the DOS process.
President Donald Trump is also linked to the disgraced financier, having attended social events with Epstein in New York.
In an interview with New York Magazine in 2002, Trump said of Epstein: "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."
Trump’s former Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, also had a connection to Epstein, as a district attorney in Florida who helped strike the lenient plea deal Epstein was given in the 2000s after his exploitation and abuse of girls was uncovered.
Acosta resigned over the issue earlier this year.