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Larry Summers, 68, served as former President Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary and as former President Barack Obama's top economic advisor. He apparently also talked money with another former big wig in Washington, even when others refused to.
According to documents recently obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Summers — touted by Politico last year as a "Democratic hero" — tried hitting up notorious pedophile and child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein for cash after his conviction in 2008 for soliciting sex from little girls.
Harvard University reportedly took tens of millions of dollars from Epstein from 2001 to 2006 while Summers was president. However, when Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008, the university determined it wouldn't accept any more donations.
Summers, who appears on the flight log for Epstein's so-called Lolita Express numerous times, apparently made no such resolution.
Documents reportedly show that Summers scheduled dozens more meetings with the convicted pedophile from 2013 and 2016.
These were no mere boardroom meetings or chance encounters but dinners and other cozy rendezvous.
While a spokesman for Summers told the Journal that their interactions chiefly concerned "global economic issues," pet projects nevertheless came up on occasion.
Around 2014, Summers' current wife, Elisa New, an American literature professor at Harvard, reportedly wanted to hype her poetry coursework. Summers solicited Epstein — who by that time had been formally recognized as a sex offender for at least six years — for donations.
"I need small scale philanthropy advice. My life will be better if i raise $1m for Lisa," Summers said in an April 2014 email to the convicted pedophile. "Mostly it will go to make it a pbs series and for teacher training. Ideas?"
The duo decided to meet up for an intimate dinner.
Alan M. Dershowitz, also an Epstein friend, told the Harvard Crimson in 2003 that the yet-to-be-convicted pedophile "likes Larry Summers a lot. ... He speaks well of Larry."
It appears that fondness went a long way.
Epstein reportedly went in turn to Barnaby Marsh, then an executive at the charitable fund John Templeton Foundation. The foundation didn't cough up any cash for New's poetry project.
Despite this setback, $110,000 made its way from a nonprofit linked to Epstein over to New's nonprofit.
Summer's spokesman confirmed previous reports that Epstein ultimately funded a nonprofit that produced New's "Poetry in America" TV show.
The Harvard couple's spokesman indicated that the former university president "deeply regrets being in contact with Epstein after his conviction" and his wife "regrets accepting funding from Epstein."
Summers is not the only "Democratic hero" or leftist icon revealed to have stayed close with Epstein after he was exposed as a child-trafficking pedophile.
TheBlaze previously reported that former CIA director William Burns, leftist linguist Noam Chomsky, Obama White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, Bard College President Leon Botstein, and others hobnobbed with Epstein after his 2008 conviction.
The Journal indicated that actor Woody Allen, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Israeli politician Ehud Barak were also among those in Epstein's post-conviction orbit.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.