Several victims of Jeffrey Epstein are suing big banks for allowing Epstein to use his money for human trafficking and abuse. Then, a gas station owner has made headlines after hiring private security armed to the teeth as crime ravages Philadelphia. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Several victims of Jeffrey Epstein are suing big banks for allowing Epstein to use his money for human trafficking and abuse. I love this story because finally, these brilliant young lawyers who are my friends, by the way, you know, we followed these guys from the very beginning of this story. They’re the ones that identified what was going on with Epstein, the Epstein, the fact that the government was giving him a free pass to involve raping children. That’s, I mean, that’s the headline there. He was raping children. So here, what these guys have done is they said, we’re gonna step it up a little bit. We’re gonna say the banks were involved because they enabled him. Talk about it just a little bit.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. What happened was, Jeffrey Epstein had basically triggered all of the red flags that banks have in place to identify things like human trafficking or money laundering. He triggered all of these red flags, but instead of doing anything about it, what he did was he brought ’em on down to his little Epstein island down to South Florida and said, listen, I, I know there’s some issues here. Go, go meet with this young girl. She’s gonna give you a massage and whatever else you wanted. And that’s the story the young women are telling right now.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: Of course, they’re doing it anonymously. They’re very afraid of what could happen to them. But they’re implicating some of these big executives at these banks, some of the big wigs and they said, clearly in this lawsuit, Epstein brought them down to keep himself untouchable. To make these deals.

Mike Papantonio: Well, okay, so let me talk about the deal. The deal is you bring somebody from a big bank, right? And you say, I have billionaire friends and I can get you their accounts, or I can make their accounts disappear if I want to. It’s the influence of that. So people like, was it JP Morgan, he was, his big one was JP Morgan. JP Morgan says, hell yeah, we don’t care what you’re doing. This is, Farron, this is after the guy had already been caught raping girls in South Florida, kids. When they tell him, well, you know, you know what your punishment is? You gotta show up in a, in a cell, a jail cell from six o’clock in the morning. What, what are the times?

Farron Cousins: It was 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

Mike Papantonio: 6:00 PM to six in the morning. Right.

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: So you have to show up and that’s your punishment. And oh, by the way, carry on your life as much as you want.

Farron Cousins: You just leave during the day.

Mike Papantonio: You can leave during the day. And we found out it was a corrupt judge. It was corrupt prosecutors. It was corrupt federal prosecutors. It was corrupt state prosecutors. And you know what? Nobody paid any attention to it. Nobody went to jail over that. You see?

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: And so then we find out, well, no, this is a lot more serious than that. But the banking part of it, these guys, like I’ve always said, there’s some money that’s too expensive. Not for these guys. These guys were willing to push it to the limit so they could get another account. Right?

Farron Cousins: Well, it’s like we’ve talked about with these banks in the past and other banks, you know, they’ll launder, launder money for terrorists. They’ll launder money for human traffickers. They will do whatever it takes to put more money in their pockets.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: They don’t care about the red flag laws they have in place. Those are only basically customary, depends on who it is. If you’re a low level, you know, nobody, they’ll pop you for it. If you’re a Jeffrey Epstein.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: You’ll get invited down to the island.

Mike Papantonio: DOJ, DOJ has done nothing meaningful in this case.

Farron Cousins: Right.

Mike Papantonio: They, they have a list of who they could go after. They know all the facts. They’ve done nothing. They’re still covering up. Wall Street, I call it the Caligula mentality. You know, there’s nothing so awful that they won’t be involved with for the right amount of money. And that’s what happened here.

Mike Papantonio: A gas station owner has made headlines after hiring private security, armed police to, to support them and protect them in this crime ravaged Philadelphia. Wow. What in the hell’s going on in Philadelphia?

Farron Cousins: They, they are seeing a, a rapid surge in armed robberies, in, in burglaries. The gas station owner in particular, who I think actually owns a couple different gas stations, he’s had his ATMs in the gas station broken into. His car while he’s parked out there at work, gets broken into. He’s seen muggings. He has seen, you know, he’s had armed robberies in addition. So this guy finally said, listen, I’m done. I’m gonna hire these people walking around with AF-15’s patrolling the parking lot. Which if, if you haven’t seen the videos of these people walking around, it’s truly terrifying.

Mike Papantonio: Mm-hmm.

Farron Cousins: I, I mean, it looks like ISIS has taken over almost.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah. And this is right, kind of in a big, big.

Farron Cousins: Downtown.

Mike Papantonio: It’s downtown, people walking all around this.

Farron Cousins: But the weirdest part is that the public, 93%, they love it. They’re excited to see that, oh boy, look at this. It’s, it’s terrifying to me. But at the same time, I, you know, I don’t wanna say I, I think it’s a good idea, but I get it.

Mike Papantonio: Well.

Farron Cousins: I understand.

Mike Papantonio: But okay. Fair enough. I don’t think it’s a good idea, that’s your position. My position is if they don’t do something, is you can’t do nothing.

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: Obviously the politicians don’t have a clue. It’s just like Chicago. I mean, that mayor running Chicago, what does, she has fifty shootings every week. I mean, is that, that’s kind of, at some point, you have to say something’s wrong here. I think they’re looking in, kind of looking in the wrong places. All, you know, all these recalls for these prosecutors that were appointed by, that Soros was behind. You know, George Soros came in and had all these prosecutors appointed or, or helped him win elections and they’re not prosecuting anybody. The problem, the problem that’s arising out of that is the police are saying, well, why should I even make a, make an arrest?

Farron Cousins: Well see that, that, that’s where my attention goes to, these police. Because the, the gas station owner himself says, listen, I’ve called the police. They’re not doing anything. They’re not showing up. And this is something that we do see across America, depending on where you live. They’ve done plenty of studies on this. If you live in an area that’s a little bit more rundown, the police response time can sometimes be over an hour.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: If you live in the affluent part of town, the police response is typically within about five minutes.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: So, you know, the, the police I think are part of the problem here. They, they don’t want to get involved. We’re, well it, it’s easier to take down a, a 15 year old carrying, you know, an ounce of pot.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah.

Farron Cousins: Than go deal with an armed robbery.

Mike Papantonio: There’s simply cities in the country that these, this is what they look like. I mean, this picture up here is how they, they’re presenting at these, at these places.

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: Gas stations.

Farron Cousins: That’s what they look like.

Mike Papantonio: And I think what you’re gonna find is it’s gonna, you’re gonna see it in LA, you’re gonna see it in Chicago, you’re gonna see it in New York, you’re gonna see it in Philadelphia. And not, and, and the problem is, you feel like you’re walking into a third world country. When I travel around the world, I’m used to seeing this maybe in the very awful parts of South America or wherever I might be. There’s parts of Africa where you walk through the, you know, through the airport and everybody, you know, they’re lined up like. I don’t know that I want this happening in the US but it’s a reality. I, I think this is, this is the new norm for folks that are living in these, these cities that are being hammered with crime.

Farron Cousins: Well, well, and what’s even worse too, you know, we’re talking about crime here, is that the areas of the country that have the most violent crime are actually right down here in the, the deep red south.

Mike Papantonio: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Farron Cousins: I mean, these top the list. But those always kind of get overlooked. And, and so I think that’s important to just remind people this is not a localized problem. It is, you know, red states, it’s blue states, it’s everywhere. I, I, I don’t. Look, I wouldn’t stop at a gas station if somebody’s outside with an AR-15. I, I wouldn’t drive down that street ever again.

Mike Papantonio: Are you saying, I’m just telling folks watching, this, get ready for this. This, if you’re living in a place like that, this is what, this is what, no, there’s no business owner that’s not going to say, yeah, I gotta do this. Because what’s it 50, in Philadelphia, there’s been a 50% increase in violent crime, in violent crime at places like gas stations and stores where you think you can just shop without any problem. Not anymore.

Farron Cousins: It, it’s an unpleasant reality that I think a lot of people watching this may be mad to hear about it. But folks, it’s the reality we live in.

Mike Papantonio: Yeah. It, it is.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.