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Pod Thesis:

The thesis of this episode is that some of people whom we have entrusted to protect our children against predators are predators themselves. And because they have the legal power, nay, the expertise, they have been able to set up a legal system that allows people who are sufficiently savvy to get away with, and continue to abuse children.


Again this episode details sometimes violent sexual crimes against children. Avert your ears if you need to.

Dennis Hastert

Born January 2, 1942) is an American former politician and convicted felon who represented Illinois’s 14th congressional district from 1987 to 2007 and served as the 51st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007,[1] the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history. After being convicted of financial crimes related to repeated incidents of child molestation,[2] he became the highest-ranking elected official in U.S. history to have served a prison sentence.[3]

From 1965 to 1981, Hastert was a high school teacher and coach at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois.

He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986, and was re-elected every two years until he retired in 2007.

On May 28, 2015, Hastert was indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false statements to federal investigators. Federal prosecutors said that the funds withdrawn by Hastert were used as hush money to conceal past sexual misconduct by Hastert. In October 2015, Hastert entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, Hastert pleaded guilty to the structuring charge (a felony); the charge of making false statements was dropped.[4] In court submissions filed in April 2016, federal prosecutors alleged that Hastert had molested at least four boys as young as 14 years of age during his time as a high school wrestling coach.[5] At a sentencing hearing, Hastert admitted that he had sexually abused boys whom he had coached.[6] Referring to Hastert as a “serial child molester”, a federal judge imposed a sentence of 15 months in prison, two years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.[7][3] Hastert was imprisoned in 2016 and was released 13 months later.[8]

In 2016 Hastert pleaded guilty to child molestation, 10 years after leaving Congress. In 2006, Hastert declined to run for office again. He was indicted in 2015, served 13 months in prison and was released in 2017.

Hastert had sexual contact with five underage male students when he was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in the 1960s and ’70s before entering politics, according to federal prosecutors.

The statute of limitations to bring sexual abuse charges had long run out, and prosecutors have said their best option for holding Hastert accountable was indicting him for federal banking violations. Hastert pleaded guilty in October of 2015 to one count of illegally structuring bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements. The charges are related to payments to the man behind the lawsuit.

Hastert, who a federal judge called a “serial child molester,” served 13 months in a Minnesota federal prison. Now 77, he has kept a low profile since being freed in the summer of 2017. Neither he nor the now middle-aged man who sued him has ever appeared in court in the three years since the suit was filed.

But, in the Sept. 25, 2018, deposition, Hastert backpedaled on his admissions in the federal court case that he mistreated some former student-athletes, including the man who filed suit. Hastert said he did not object to a statement in federal court that was fed to him by his attorneys so he could “get it over with.”

In the deposition, Hastert said he simply worked on a “groin pull” at the boy’s request.

As to why he would pay millions if he did nothing wrong, Hastert said he wanted to avoid the media coverage he had seen occur in other scandals involving well-known state and federal politicians.

Hastert began making cash payments in mid-2010 in exchange for the man not disclosing that Hastert molested him while the two stayed overnight in a hotel room during a wrestling camp in the 1970s, according to the lawsuit and documents filed by federal prosecutors.

The victim was 14.

The payments stopped in late 2014 as the FBI investigated Hastert’s suspicious cash withdrawals. The recipient, a standout high school wrestler whose parents had been close friends with Hastert, is suing for the remaining $1.8 million plus interest in a breach-of-contract claim.

Hastert has countersued. His attorney, John Ellis, argues the verbal agreement is unenforceable because, among other legal issues, the man failed to keep up his end of the deal when he talked about it with relatives, a longtime friend and to federal authorities.

In his deposition, the man admitted that he disclosed the hush-money pact in general terms but said his understanding of his obligation was “not to go to a lawyer, not to go to law, police and not to go to media of any kind.”

According to his deposition, the man gave $5,000 to a down-on-his-luck friend in late 2012 after telling the friend that “something had happened between Hastert and I and I sort of motioned toward my crotch. And I said, so we have an agreement and I know you can use some financial help and I can help you.”

The man’s attorney, Kristi Browne, argues the comments were immaterial and did not violate the agreement. She said her client fulfilled his obligation under the pact, which she said only became public because Hastert violated banking laws and triggered an FBI investigation

According to his lawsuit, the man said he has suffered panic attacks for years that led to “periods of unemployment, career changes, bouts of depression, hospitalization and long-term psychiatric treatment.”



Jim Jordan

born February 17, 1964) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007. A member of the Republican Party, he is a former collegiate wrestler and collegiate wrestling coach.

Jordan was the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee from January 2019 to March 2020, a position he left to become the ranking member of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary.

also called the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and Federal law enforcement entities. The Judiciary Committee is also the committee responsible for impeachments of federal officials. Because of the legal nature of its oversight, committee members usually have a legal background, but this is not required.

Which means that he is in an extremely exceptional position to manipulate the enforcement of law.

Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University‘s (OSU) wrestling program from 1987 to 1995.[69] Ohio State University began an independent investigation in April 2018[70] into allegations of sexual misconduct by former wrestling team physician Richard Strauss; Strauss was the team physician during Jordan’s tenure as assistant coach.[71][72] Strauss committed suicide in 2005.[73]

In early June 2018, at least eight former wrestlers said that Jordan had been aware of, but did not respond to, allegations of sexual misconduct by Strauss.[74][75] Jordan’s locker was next to Strauss’s, and Jordan spent so much time in the locker room that he created and awarded a “King of the Sauna” certificate to the member of the team who spent the most time in the sauna “talking smack”.[76]

Former wrestling team members David Range,[78] Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts asserted that Jordan knew of Strauss’s misconduct. Yetts said “For God’s sake, Strauss’s locker was right next to Jordan’s and Jordan even said he’d kill him if he tried anything with him”.[79] No wrestlers have accused Jordan of sexual misconduct; however, Jordan was named as a defendant in a lawsuit against the university by four former wrestlers.[80][81][82] Several former wrestlers, including ex-UFC fighter Mark Coleman, allege that Hellickson contacted two witnesses in an attempt to pressure them to support Jordan the day after they accused the congressman of turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse.[83][84]

Jordan has refused to cooperate with investigations into Strauss.[85] Jordan described his accusers as “pawns in a political plot”[86] and stated that he did not even hear any locker room talk about Strauss or sexual abuse at OSU.[87] In response to Jordan’s denials, Mike DiSabato said: “I considered Jim Jordan a friend. But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”[85][88]

On July 13, 2018, the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer asserted that “Jim Jordan must acknowledge what he knew”.[89]

In May 2019, DiSabato filed a Title IX lawsuit against OSU. In one count of the court papers, DiSabato claimed that a second cousin of Jordan’s attempted to “intimidate and retaliate” against DiSabato.[90][91] In 2019, DiSabato shared text messages with NBC News that were corroborated by another former wrestler[92] indicating that Jim Jordan, Russ Hellickson, and high school wrestling coach Jeff Jordan (Jim Jordan’s younger brother)[93] conspired to engage in witness tampering and intimidation when they called Coleman and Coleman’s parents to pressure Coleman to recant his earlier accusation that Jordan was aware of the abuse.[92]

In November 2019, a retired wrestling referee filed a lawsuit alleging that he had warned Jordan and Hellickson about Strauss’ misconduct.[94][95] Jordan promptly dismissed the referee as “another person making a false statement”.[96]

In February 2020, Adam DiSabato—the brother of Mike DiSabato—testified before the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee that “Jim Jordan called me crying, crying. Groveling. On the 4th of July, begging me to go against my brother. Begging me. Crying for a half hour. That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there”.[88][97][98]

Donald John Trump

Filed on 10/03/2016

In the United States District Court Southern District of New York – Jane Doe, proceeding under a pseudonym, Plaintiff v. Donald J Trump and Jeffery E. Epstein, Defendants

This is a complaint for rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault and battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress, duress, false imprisonment, and defamation.

And they are accused of:

threats of death and/or serious bodily injury by the Defendants that took place at several parties during the summer months of 1994. The parties were held by Defendant Epstein at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Epstein at 9 E. 71st St. in Manhattan. During this period, Plaintiff was a minor of age 13 and was legally incapable under New York law of consenting to sexual intercourse and the other sexual contacts detailed herein. The rapes in the first, second, and third degrees; sexual misconduct; criminal sexual acts in the first, second, and third degrees; sexual abuse in the first, second, and third degrees; and forcible touching, detailed herein are unlawful under New York law, and constitute the torts of, inter alia (which is latin for ‘among other things’), assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress, including threats of force and serious bodily harm, under New York law. In addition, U.S. Code provides Plaintiff with a civil remedy for personal injuries because Plaintiff, while a minor, was a victim of violations of [statutes] she suffered personal injury as a result of such violations. Declaration of Plaintiff Jane Doe, Exhibit A hereto; Declaration of Tiffany Doe, Exhibit B hereto; Declaration of Joan Doe, Exhibit C hereto; Jane Doe, Tiffany Doe, and Joan Doe are each pseudonyms as each woman wishes anonymity. Tiffany Doe, a witness, was an employee of Defendant Epstein. Exh. B. Joan Doe, a witness, was a childhood classmate of Plaintiff who, in the 1994-95 school year, was told by Plaintiff that Plaintiff was subject to sexual contact by the Defendants at parties in New York City during the summer of 1994. Exh. C.

Plaintiff was enticed by promises of money and a modeling career to attend a series of parties, with other similarly situated minor females, held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. At least four of the parties were attended by Defendant Trump. Exhs. A and B. On information and belief, by this time in 1994, Defendant Trump had known Defendant Epstein for seven years (New York, 10/28/02, “’I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,’’ Trump booms from a speakerphone. ‘He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.’”), and knew that Plaintiff was then just 13 years old. Exhs. A and B.

Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties. On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted. Exhs. A and B. 11. Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump, Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed. Exhs. A and B.

Defendant Epstein had sexual contact with Plaintiff at two of the parties. The second sexual encounter with Defendant Epstein took place after Plaintiff had been raped by Defendant Trump. Defendant Epstein forced himself upon Plaintiff and proceeded to rape her anally and vaginally despite her loud pleas to stop. Defendant Epstein then attempted to strike Plaintiff about the head with his closed fists while he angrily screamed at Plaintiff that he, Defendant Epstein, rather than Defendant Trump, should have been the one who took Plaintiff’s virginity, before Plaintiff finally managed to break away from Defendant Epstein. Exhs. A and B. 13. The threats of violence against Plaintiff and her family continued, this time from Defendant Epstein, who again reiterated that Plaintiff was not to reveal any of the details of his sexual and physical abuse of her or else, specifically, Plaintiff and her family would be seriously physically harmed, if not killed. Exhs. A and B. 14. While still under threats of physical harm by coming forward and having no reason to believe that the threats have ever been lifted or would ever be lifted, Plaintiff, who has suffered from stress, emotional distress, mental pain and suffering, among other problems, ever since the assaults, was subjected to daily painful reminders of the horrific acts of one of the perpetrators, Defendant Trump, via mass media coverage of him starting on or about June 16, 2015 that, over a short period of time, became continuous and unavoidable. Exh. A

As a direct and proximate result of the sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by Defendants upon her, Plaintiff has suffered stress, emotional distress, and mental pain and suffering, as well as adverse physical consequences.

Plaintiff was unrelentingly threatened by each Defendant that, were she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse caused to her by Defendants, Plaintiff Case  and her family would be physically harmed if not killed. The duress has not terminated and the fear has not subsided. The duress is an element of or inherent in the underlying causes of action complained of herein. The duress and coercion exerted by Defendants has been such as to have actually deprived Plaintiff of her freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time, and it rose to such a level that a person of reasonable firmness in Plaintiff’s situation would have been unable to resist. Exhs. A and B

Both Defendants let Plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats. Indeed, Defendant Trump stated that Plaintiff shouldn’t ever say anything if she didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that Plaintiff had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having her whole family killed. Exhs. A and B. 24. The duress had prevented Plaintiff from starting litigation before this year. However, as soon as she surfaced, she received threats. More specifically, shortly after her first complaint was filed in California on April 26, 2016, she started receiving threatening phone calls on her cell phone. Exh. A

In November 2016, just days before the presidential election, Bloom suddenly announced a press conference with Jane Doe had been canceled, saying Doe had become frightened after receiving death threats. Two days later, Doe’s lead attorney, Thomas Meager, filed to dismiss the case. Jane Doe has not been heard from since.


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