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Ex-Clinton Aide: Trump Modeling Agency Exploited Minors

| by Michael Howard

New York's attorney general is reportedly investigating Trump Model Management, a former modeling agency owned by President Donald Trump, for the alleged exploitation of minors, according to ex-White House employee Claude Taylor.

Taylor, who describes himself as a "veteran of [three] presidential campaigns" and who served on former President Bill Clinton's White House staff, tweeted the allegation on Aug. 4.

"[New York Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman has human trafficking investigation ongoing against Trump Model Management involving sexual exploitation of minor children," Taylor wrote. "Key cooperating witness is the go between who worked with Russian Organized Crime in supplying the girls/woman to Trump Model Management."

In a follow-up tweet on Aug. 6, Taylor explained that, according to an unnamed source, Trump once told Clinton that some of his models were minors.

"I worked for Bill Clinton for 5 years. Proud of my small role," he wrote. "I am not accusing him of anything. I'm just saying my Schneiderman source says that Trump told Clinton many models brought into US were underage and Clinton may be prepared to testify that's what Trump said."

No one has gone on record to corroborate Taylor's information, but this is not the first time Trump's name has come up in connection with the exploitation of minors.

In May, Politico reported that a woman claiming to have been the victim of a sex-trafficking ring managed by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein said she was recruited by Epstein at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

In her civil lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre states that, at the age of 15, she was working as a towel girl at Mar-a-Lago when she was lured into prostitution by Epstein's girlfriend at the time, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre alleges that Maxwell taught her how to give sexual "massages" to Epstein. In 2015 Maxwell denied the accusation, calling Giuffre a liar, and Giuffre responded by filing a defamation suit.

"We are trying to vindicate Virginia," Giuffre's attorney, Brad Edwards, told Politico. "What she said all along is she was recruited by Maxwell and abused by Epstein. That’s what this trial is going to be about and that's what is going to be proven beyond any doubt. We're looking forward to proving that."

Epstein was an acquaintance of Trump's. He was known to hang out at Mar-a-Lago and had Trump's phone numbers in his personal directory. In 2002, Trump admitted to knowing that Epstein liked "younger" women.

"I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy," Trump told New York magazine at the time. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Speaking to Politico, Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten seemed to contradict Trump's earlier statements when he denied that Trump was in any way associated with Epstein.

"As I have previously explained, he had no relationship with Mr. Epstein and had no knowledge whatsoever of his conduct," he said. "This has all been reported countless times in the press."

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to solicitation of prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution. He served 13 months in a county jail and settled financially with about 40 women, one of whom was Giuffre.

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