Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has made a bold promise to release Jeffrey Epstein’s “client list” if he becomes president. Ramaswamy took to Twitter on Friday to express his demand, responding to news of Deutsche Bank settling a lawsuit with Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse victims for $75 million.
“Jeffrey Epstein didn’t act alone. Where’s the client list?” Ramaswamy wrote Friday on Twitter in response to a news article about Deutsche Bank agreeing to pay $75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by alleged sexual abuse victims of Epstein.
“Release it now. I’ll do it as President,” he wrote.
Ramaswamy’s vow comes at a time when public curiosity about the identities of those associated with Epstein, the well-connected billionaire and convicted sex offender, has resurfaced. Epstein was charged with multiple counts of child sex trafficking before his death in 2019, ruled as suicide by hanging, in a Manhattan jail cell. He had maintained connections with numerous prominent figures and was known to operate within high-society circles.
The recent settlement of $75 million by Deutsche Bank resolves a class-action suit brought by two anonymous women who accused the bank of facilitating Epstein’s trafficking activities. The women claimed that the bank knowingly benefited from participating in Epstein’s sex-trafficking enterprise, obstructed enforcement of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and negligently failed to prevent physical harm.
Upon approval of the settlement agreement by the judge, the $75 million will be made available to over 125 victims of Epstein, according to the attorneys representing the women involved in the case.
JPMorgan Chase is also facing a similar lawsuit filed by the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, alleging that the bank turned a blind eye to Epstein’s crimes for over a decade due to the lucrative deals and clients he brought to the institution.
Recent reports by The Wall Street Journal have shed light on additional prominent individuals who had connections to Epstein. While these people did not appear in Epstein’s infamous black book or flight logs, they were mentioned in his private schedule. The schedule from September 8, 2014, suggests Epstein planned to meet with Bill Gates, Leon Black, Thomas Pritzker, and Mortimer Zuckerman on that day. Other documents obtained by the Journal indicate meetings between Epstein and CIA Director William Burns and former MIT professor Noam Chomsky.
Epstein’s private calendar adds fuel to the belief that he was a spy or operative that was amassing “blackmail material” on the world’s most powerful people. It is unclear why Epstein met with the CIA Director or with the former White House counsel.
The meetings occurred after Epstein had served jail time in 2008 for a sex crime involving a minor, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
Peter Thiel also likely met with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein “several” times in 2014, according to a recent report from The New York Times.
Ramaswamy is not the only candidate making promises to release files of high public interest. Former President Donald Trump, the leading Republican and potential presidential candidate, recently stated that he would release all files related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his presidency, Trump ordered the release of more than 2,800 uncensored documents to the National Archives website but retained several hundred, citing national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns.
Trump’s office justified the continued withholdings in 2018, stating that identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs outweighed the immediate public interest in disclosure. Trump now pledges to review those redactions over the next three years and release the remaining portion early in his potential future term.
When asked if there was anything the public should be concerned about in the JFK records, Trump declined to comment, stating that he did not want to discuss it. He did, however, emphasize his past releases of documents related to the assassination.