A FALSE rumor is circulating the internet that claims former President Barack Obama awarded Jeffrey Epstein with the Medal of Freedom in 2007.
However, Epstein did not receive any accolade or Medal of Freedom from Obama as he was inaugurated as President in January of 2009.
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Here is more on the bizarre rumor.
Who is Jeffrey Epstein?
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was an American financier and convicted child sex offender.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Coney Island.
Epstein was known for his friendships with powerful people including Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and the Clintons.
He pleaded guilty in June 2008 to a single charge of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14.
Epstein allegedly committed suicide in jail as he was awaiting trial for child sex-trafficking charges in August of 2019.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson announced on August 16 that the death was ruled a “suicide.”
She said she made the determination “after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”
Epstein’s autopsy revealed that he had multiple broken neck bones, often consistent with strangulation.
Did he win the Medal of Freedom?
No. Epstein was never awarded a Medal of Freedom.
Rumors began circulating online that Obama gave Epstein a Medal of Freedom in 2007, however, he was not even President at the time.
In the official list of Medal of Freedom winners, there is no mention of Epstein winning any medal or accolade.
Prior to Obama, President Bush did not issue any award to Epstein either so it is unclear as to where the rumor came from.
The Medal of Freedom is considered the highest honor that a President can bestow on a citizen.
The President selects the honorees, or the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board recommends them.
It is awarded for especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the US, world peace or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Has Ghislaine Maxwell been arrested?
Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York for 23 hours a day.
She is being accused of “delivering underage girls into Epstein’s trap” by grooming them and “putting them at ease as an adult woman.”
Maxwell has been charged with six counts of sex trafficking and perjury.
She pleaded “not guilty” and was denied bail.
What was their relationship?
Maxwell started dating Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his death.
The precise nature of their relationship is still not entirely clear.
Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-story Manhattan townhouse.
It is through Maxwell that Prince Andrew met Epstein.
She had claimed that Epstein was a “kind, loving man with a ready smile” as he was first arrested in Palm Beach.
Several nude photos of Maxwell and underage women were found in Epstein’s house at a 2005 raid by the Palm Beach police.
What famous people flew on his private jet?
The “Lolita Express” was the name Epstein gave his private jet where he would reportedly take underage women in with high-profile people.
Powerful celebrities and politicians like Bill Clinton, Naomi Campbell, Prince Andrew, and Kevin Spacey were associated with flying in the private jet.
Flight records obtained by Fox News showed that former President Clinton had been in the jet a total of 26 times between 2001 and 2003.
There is no suggestion anyone in Epstein’s flight book had any connection to his crimes.
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