Recent court filings have unveiled yet another layer of the Jeffrey Epstein saga, revealing connections to Kathryn Ruemmler, a former White House Counsel during the Obama era, and banking giant JPMorgan Chase.
In February 2019, Epstein, despite his tainted reputation, played a pivotal role in forging a business relationship between Ruemmler and JPMorgan. What’s especially intriguing about this revelation is the timing. This professional favor was done almost half a decade after JPMorgan stated that they had distanced themselves from Epstein due to internal apprehensions. Yet, the bank still took Epstein’s advice to bring Ruemmler on board as a client.
It wasn’t long after this, in July 2019, that Epstein faced federal charges related to child sex trafficking. The following month saw the financier’s demise in his prison cell, officially deemed a suicide.
Ruemmler, whose political contributions span both the Clinton and Obama administrations, wasn’t merely a passive observer during Epstein’s trial. As noted by the Daily Beast, she attended the proceedings in July 2019. Sources suggest that this was more than just professional courtesy; it was a testament to their relationship and potentially a gesture of solidarity.
Amplifying the significance of these links, the U.S. Virgin Islands has initiated legal action against JPMorgan. They argue that Epstein’s illicit activities on the islands had repercussions for them, and the bank played a role by facilitating his operations. As per The Guardian, the bank is accused of “profiting from human trafficking”.
However, it’s not just the Virgin Islands that are up in arms. Numerous women have sued JPMorgan, alleging that the bank chose to overlook Epstein’s notorious background, lured by the prospect of having such a wealthy client. The bank’s defense revolves around their ignorance of Epstein’s criminal undertakings using their financial services.
Other documentation, specifically Epstein’s 2014 personal calendar, adds more substance to these claims. It cites meetings between Ruemmler and Epstein, with plans for further introductions to his influential circle, including names like Bill Gates.
Ruemmler, reflecting on her association with Epstein, expressed deep remorse, lamenting, “I regret ever knowing Jeffrey Epstein.” Furthermore, she acknowledged that Epstein’s network did bolster her private practice, a revelation mentioned by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Currently serving as general counsel for Goldman Sachs, Ruemmler has chosen to remain tight-lipped on the subject.
It’s crucial to approach these findings with a judicious lens. The recent court documents don’t just spotlight Epstein’s wide-reaching network, but they also underscore the imperative for organizations and individuals to exhibit prudence in their associations.