“This is like prosecuting the

getaway driver in a bank robbery

but letting the robber get away.”

– Jonathan Turley

There has been no shortage of reporting about the Ghislaine Maxwell trial but in one short sentence Jonathan Turley nailed the real news from this sordid business.

Turley is a law professor. In addition to his teaching duties he is a writer and commentator. The quote above was among the comments he made following the guilty verdict in the Maxwell trial.

The point he made – rather well in our opinion – is while the jury agreed Maxwell was guilty of nasty crimes the Justice Department continues to ignore the obvious:

What about the men?

Given the time invested and the money spent by the federal government to convict Maxwell, one would think the same Justice Department would be interested in charging the men who sexually abused all those young girls.

And maybe that will happen.

But the history of the Epstein crimes suggest otherwise. You will remember that before his second arrest and subsequent “suicide,” Epstein was convicted of child sex crimes in Florida.

In that case, federal officials said there were 36 victims, including some as young as 14-years-old. Despite his horrific crimes, Epstein got off with a very light sentence – and continued to hang with very rich and very powerful people.

The very same people nobody in the Justice Department seems much interested in questioning about their frequent trips with Epstein or their visits to pedo island.

Again, perhaps it will happen.

But given a more recent case, and the lack of action by the FBI, we’re not holding our breath.

You’ve read about the CNN staffer who was recently arrested for awful sex crimes against very young girls.

(In the interest of clarity, we’re referencing the first CNN producer – John Griffin – who was arrested, not the second guy who was arrested a week or two later.)

In this case, Griffin would contact women with young daughters and pay them to bring their daughters to him so he could sexually abuse them.

In one instance, a 9-year-old girl’s stepmother travelled with the girl from Nevada to Vermont where the abuse took place – over a ten-day period.

Ten days.

This is horrible, awful, terrible stuff.

It was only by happenstance that the girl’s real mother, who lost custody in 2017 because of drug and gun convictions, learned what happened to her daughter.

The mother – the real mother – immediately notified police of the crimes and provided electronic material to prove her claims. The police reviewed the evidence and arrested the step-mother.

That happened August 21, 2020.

At that time the evidence – which showed that the CNN producer had repeatedly abused the little girl – was turned over to the FBI. Nothing happened.

Nothing happened for more than a year.

It wasn’t until December 20, 2021 that the FBI mustered the energy to arrest Griffin. It’s anybody guess why the FBI sat on the case for more than a year, perhaps they were just too busy.

Griffin, the pedophile, was busy too. During those 15 moths when the FBI did nothing, he continued his efforts to recruit young girls for abuse, with varying degrees of success.

Now none of this has anything to do with Maxwell and Epstein. But it does make one wonder.

If the FBI is “too busy” to pursue a piddly CNN producer, someone nobody ever heard of, for horrific crimes against children – do we really think they’ll investigate rich powerful men?

We already know the answer to that.

Perhaps a better question is: Why isn’t anybody in Congress screaming bloody murder and calling for mass-firings at the incompetent FBI?

DAN HAMMES is publisher of the Gazette Record.

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