Michelle Goldberg: “The Epstein case is first and foremost about the casual victimization of vulnerable girls. But it is also a political scandal, if not a partisan one. It reveals a deep corruption among mostly male elites across parties, and the way the very rich can often purchase impunity for even the most loathsome of crimes. If it were fiction, it would be both too sordid and too on-the-nose to be believable, like a season of True Detective penned by a doctrinaire Marxist.”
Florida Politics: “Responding to a May 29 FEC inquiry as to why he was still spending 13-year-old campaign contributions, a representative for Foley indicated the West Palm Beach Republican kept his campaign account active because he is plotting another run for office and he ‘anticipates making a final decision sometime following the reapportionment resulting from the upcoming decennial census.’”
Jonathan Parker — a lobbyist and former Idaho Republican Party chairman — was arrested and booked on a felony first-degree stalking charge, the Idaho Statesman reports.
According to the criminal complaint, Parker “did knowingly and maliciously engage” in conduct that “seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed (his wife) Kelly Parker.”
The complaint states that Parker’s conduct included “repeatedly hiding in bushes, masturbating, disguising himself with a wig” at or near her apartment complex.
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) “has told friends and supporters in recent weeks that he plans to deploy with the Navy to the Middle East in the fall and hopes his fourth book will be published later this year,” the Kansas City Star reports.
“Greitens resigned from office a year ago next week, succumbing to an avalanche of scandals and criminal charges — including accusations that he engaged in violent and coercive sexual misconduct during a 2015 affair.”
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) “was released from a Bronx halfway house Tuesday morning, marking the end of a prison sentence he began in 2017 for sending explicit text messages to an underage girl,” NBC News reports.
Said Weiner: “It’s good to be out. I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”
“John Edwards was a top personal injury lawyer before he turned to politics two decades ago. But after two ‘wildly unsuccessful’ runs at president and an extramarital affair that made tabloid headlines for years, the former U.S. senator has quietly returned to law to resurrect his career,” WRAL reports.
“Edwards said his personal struggles – his affair and child with campaign aide Rielle Hunter ended his 2008 presidential run and led to the federal charges against him – help him empathize with families in crisis.”
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) “has been ordered to register as a sex offender as he nears the end of a 21-month prison sentence for having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl,” CBS News reports.
A federal court of appeals took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the Miami Herald reports.
“Convicted ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has been sprung from prison — and is now part of a federal re-entry program in New York,” the New York Post reports.
TMZ: “Weiner’s now in pre-release status, which inmates often get as they approach the end of their federal sentence. The purpose is to prepare them to transition back into society.”
Nancy Oakley, a city commissioner in Madeira Beach, FL, allegedly made a habit of licking men’s faces, the Washington Post reports.
“Oakley resigned from her position on the Madeira Beach City Commission on Tuesday, a week after the state ethics panel announced that Crawford’s complaint had been upheld in a unanimous vote. She has repeatedly denied touching the former city manager inappropriately and has insisted that she never licked his face or anyone else’s. But the ethics commission chose to go with the accounts of several bystanders who offered sworn testimony to the contrary, and noted that three other men testified that Oakley had licked their faces in public without their consent.”
Politico: “It was no easy feat. But on Saturday, Ralph Northam staked a claim in the annals of most surreal political press conferences, presiding over a 40-minute extravaganza that would do Mark Sanford and Jim McGreevey proud. Or something like that.”
“In a bid to salvage his job, the Democratic governor of Virginia denied he was one of the men dressed up as a Klansman and in blackface in a picture on his medical school yearbook page — after admitting the night before he was, in fact, in the photo.”
“But that was just the start.“
Aaron Blake: “Northam may not know it yet, but in all likelihood he is done.”
Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair that she would apologize to Hillary Clinton again if the pair were to meet in person.
Said Lewinsky: “My first public words after the scandal — uttered in an interview with Barbara Walters on March 3, 1999 —were an apology directly to Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton. And if I were to see Hillary Clinton in person today, I know that I would summon up whatever force I needed to again acknowledge to her — sincerely — how very sorry I am.”
Lewinsky wrote the article to explain her participation in a new documentary series, The Clinton Affair.
The woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) had an affair stood by her description of their encounters and apologized to the governor’s wife in a new interview with KSDK-TV.
Said the woman: “The second that he denied the things that were the most hurtful, that were the most hurtful for me to now have to relive. I just realized: now I have this decision. The only ethical thing I felt that I could do was to tell the truth.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) announce that his office has uncovered potential criminal wrongdoing by Gov. Eric Greitens (R) and he has turned that evidence over to the St. Louis prosecutor, the Kansas City Star reports.
Hawley said that during the course of an investigation into a charity founded by Greitens, his office “uncovered evidence of wrongdoing that goes beyond Missouri’s charity laws” and indicates “potentially criminal acts were committed by Gov. Eric Greitens.”
“During several sexual encounters with his hair stylist the year before he was elected Missouri’s governor, Eric Greitens (R) struck her in the face, touched her crotch without her consent and called her a ‘whore,’ the woman told a Missouri House committee,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
“The claims add disturbing new layers to the single criminal allegation Greitens faces — a felony invasion-of-privacy charge, for allegedly taking and transmitting a semi-nude photo of her without her consent.”
Kansas City Star: “The explosive allegations were among the findings of the bipartisan investigative committee of the Missouri House that has been looking into allegations of wrongdoing against the Republican governor.”
“The committee – five Republicans and two Democrats – concluded that the woman’s testimony is credible.”
First Read: “Whether or not Mueller ever finds a smoking gun that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia, this is already the biggest political scandal in decades. And we are just more than a year into Trump’s presidency and nine months into Mueller’s probe.”
“And this does not include other moving parts of the Russia inquiry, including that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, Donald Trump Jr.’s direct messages with WikiLeaks, Trump constantly invoking the WikiLeaks revelations during the final month of the 2016 race, and Jared Kushner’s inability to obtain a permanent security clearance.”
Garrett Graff: “In Watergate, 69 people ended up being charged and 48 pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial. Mueller has already brought charges against 19.”
“The man whose then-wife had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) has been subpoenaed to testify before a St. Louis grand jury,” the AP reports.
“Greitens, a Republican, admitted on Jan. 10 to a monthslong affair with his St. Louis hairdresser in 2015, before he was governor. The woman’s ex-husband secretly recorded a conversation with her in which she claimed that Greitens took a compromising photo as potential blackmail if she spoke about the relationship. Greitens has repeatedly denied threatening to blackmail the woman. He has not answered directly when asked if he took a photo.”
In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) told the Associated Press that there was “no blackmail” and “no threat of violence” by him in what he described as a months-long “consensual relationship” with his former hairdresser.
Greitens added that he has no plans to resign from office as a result of the affair: “I’m staying. I’m staying.”
“Grietens did not directly say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when asked if he had bound and blindfolded and taken a photo of the woman. But he firmly denied that he had attempted to coerce the woman.”