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What did Jeffrey Epstein's famous friends know and see?

• https://apnews.com By JILL COLVIN

The arrest of the billionaire financier on child sex trafficking charges is raising questions about how much his high-powered associates knew about the hedge fund manager's interactions with underage girls, and whether they turned a blind eye to potentially illegal conduct.

It's also putting new scrutiny on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who, as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, was involved in a 2008 secret plea deal that allowed Epstein to avoid federal charges.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that Trump hasn't spoken to or had any contact with Epstein in "years and years and years."

"The president told me this morning he hasn't talked to Epstein, he doesn't think he's talked to him or seen him in 10 or 15 years," Conway told reporters at the White House. "Like everyone else," she said Trump sees the charges against Epstein as "completely unconscionable and obviously criminal. Disgusting."

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