Why do people only remember money transfers with Jeffrey Epstein when they’re backed into a corner?
That was the case with two prominent academics this week: Leon Botstein and Noam Chomsky.
Botstein said that Epstein gave him several checks totaling $150,000, which he then turned around and donated to Bard College.
“I have no idea why he concocted this scheme,” Botstein said. “He didn’t want to write a check to Bard. He took pity on me, and he said, ‘I’m gonna give you money and you do whatever you want with it.’”
Chomsky says that he received $270,000 from an Epstein account but his story is even stranger. Here is what he told the Wall Street Journal in an email:
“My late wife died 15 years ago after a long illness. We paid no attention to financial issues. We asked Epstein for advice. The simplest way seemed to be to transfer funds from one account in my name to another, by way of his office. It was a simple, quick, transfer of funds.”
As if these kinds of things happen every day to ordinary people. Influential people really should stop hoping their dealings with Epstein will go unnoticed.