On Feb. 29, 2016, the office’s top human trafficking prosecutor, Amanda Kramer, met with defense attorneys representing victims of Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, sources tell the Daily News. The attorneys urged Kramer to open an investigation of the duo. But Kramer had many questions, including how Epstein’s controversial non-prosecution agreement with the Southern District of Florida in 2007 would impact a new investigation, the sources said.
The attorneys attempted to pique Manhattan federal prosecutors’ interest in a second meeting in the summer of 2016 after Maxwell allegedly committed perjury, two sources said. The sources said a second meeting occurred, but another source familiar with the outreach to the government insisted it never happened. Epstein was paying Maxwell’s legal bills at the time and the victims’ attorneys believed the pair were in a perjury conspiracy, sources said.
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