An internal Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) memo confirms that it has retained the law firm Goodwin Procter to investigate all donations MIT received from billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The memo was obtained exclusively by investigative journalist Laura Loomer.
Here is a copy of the memo.
President of MIT L. Rafael Reif wrote, “After recent events centered on the Media Lab, I know there is a tremendous sense of pain and sadness and disappointment across campus and throughout our global community. We all want answers.”
Well, why didn’t MIT demand answers from Epstein and reject his money when they knew he was a convicted pedophile? Oh, that’s right, it was about the money.
“Last Saturday we retained the law firm Goodwin Procter to perform a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s interactions with MIT,” the memo continued. “If you have any information relevant to the investigation that you would like to share with the law firm, please email MIT_Matter@GoodwinLaw.com.”
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While the memo states that MIT wants the firm to “explore all donations received by MIT, both those that came directly from Jeffrey Epstein and his associated foundations, and any donations that may have been received at the direction of Jeffrey Epstein,” as well as “who at MIT may have been aware of the donations,” it’s interesting that Reif says that MIT instructed the firm to “follow the evidence where it leads.”
While they are claiming this is an “independent investigation to ascertain the facts,” one can’t help but note that there is a conflict of interest when you pay a firm to investigate your school. Is anyone seriously thinking this requires such action or do you think like I do that this is simply a public relations move.
The school could easily look through its documents and make those transparent to the public if that is what they were interested in, but they aren’t doing that.
The memo claims the investigation should take roughly a month to complete and that it will help them “understand what happened and what needs to be changed.”
What happened? What needs to be changed? How about, are you going to give the money back? I didn’t see that as part of the solution.
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Everyone knows what happened. They got money. They were thankful for it. Perhaps in the future, MIT should not accept money from a known criminal, but then again, that should have been their policy in the first place, shouldn’t it?
Just days ago, Alicia Powe reported:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab director, Joi Ito, who resigned after a bombshell report revealed he pocketed millions in donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has stepped down from The New York Times Company’s board of directors on Monday.
Documents obtained by reporter Ronan Farrow show the MIT lab director used the elite university’s media lab to accrue over $1.7 million in donations from Epstein and marked them as anonymous to avoid “disclosing their full, extent publicly and within the university.”
Epstein was listed as “disqualified” in M.I.T’s official donor base, yet the Media Lab concealed Epstein’s donations by marking the sex offender’s contributions as “anonymous.”
“Perhaps most notably, Epstein appeared to serve as an intermediary between the lab and other wealthy donors, soliciting millions of dollars in donations from individuals and organizations, including the technologist and philanthropist Bill Gates and the investor Leon Black,” Farrow reported for The New Yorker.
Citing dozens of pages of emails and interviews, Farrow confirmed the disgraced financier assisted Ito in securing at least $7.5 million from well-heeled donors for the school, an estimated $2 million from Gates and $5.5 million from Black.
Though Ito and Epstein’s plan drew $7.5 million from Black and Gates, they had planned to raise much more. Epstein had suggested at one point that the John Templeton Foundation could match any donations dollar for dollar. Unfortunately for Ito and Epstein, a spokesperson for the Foundation could find no record of Epstein’s plan, and provided no funding, according to Farrow.
Obscuring Ito’s ties with Epstein was a collaborative effort by the lab, Ronan explained.
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