An Austrian passport found in Jeffrey Epstein's 21,000 square-foot Manhattan townhome, containing Epstein's photograph but listing a different name, contains customs stamps indicating that he used it to enter at least four countries, - contradicting a defense argument that it was only on hand in the event of a hijacking.
In a late Wednesday court filing, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman writes "The defendant's July 16, 2019 letter asserts: "[A]s for the Austrian passport the government trumpets, it expired 32 years ago. And the government offers nothing to suggest -- and certainly no evidence -- that Epstein ever used it."
Berman rebuts this claim, writing: "In fact, the passport contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s."
"The Government further notes that the defendant’s submission does not address how the defendant obtained the foreign passport and, more concerning, the defendant has still not disclosed to the Court whether he is a citizen or legal permanent resident of a country other than the United States."
On Wednesday, Epstein attorney Marc Fernich wrote in a supplemental filing arguing for why Epstein should be granted house arrest, telling the court that "Epstein – an affluent member of the Jewish faith – acquired the passport in the 1980s, when hijackings were prevalent, in connection to Middle East travel. The passport was for personal protection in the event of travel to dangerous areas, only to be presented to potential kidnapers, hijackers or terrorists should violent episodes occur."
This was a lie, and should weigh heavily on Judge Richard M. Berman's Thursday decision over whether or not Epstein should live in the lap of luxury while awaiting trial on charges of sex-trafficking minors.