William Burns, who became the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director during the Biden administration, was revealed to have met with Jeffrey Epstein multiple times after the prominent financier was convicted of child sex crimes.
In non-publicized documents related to Epstein’s private calendar obtained by the Wall Street Journal, it was found that Burns had three meetings with Epstein. The meetings were held in Washington D.C. and Epstein’s townhome in Manhattan, New York.
The now-CIA chief’s meetings came after Epstein served jail time in 2008 for a child sex crime and was forced to register as a sex offender. A CIA spokesperson claimed Burns had met with Epstein because at the time, in 2014, Burns wanted to leave the government sector.
“The director did not know anything about him, other than that he was introduced as an expert in the financial services sector and offered general advice on transition to the private sector,” CIA spokeswoman Tammy Kupperman Thorp said. “They had no relationship.”
The Wall Street Journal also reported Kathryn Ruemmler, an Obama administration lawyer, had scheduled dozens of meetings with Epstein. After multiple meetings with Epstein, Ruemmler landed a high-level attorney job working with Goldman Sachs in 2020.
“He also planned for her to join a 2015 trip to Paris and a 2017 visit to Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean,” the WSJ noted. “I regret ever knowing Jeffrey Epstein,” Ruemmler told the Journal.