In 1992, then-Congressman Tom McMillen of Maryland hobnobbed with future President Donald Trump and accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein at a party at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort, according to a video released by NBC News.
McMillen said he was “appalled” by the accusations against Epstein.
McMillen was elected to Congress in 1986 as a Democrat and won re-election in 1988 and 1990. By 1992, McMillen’s home in Crofton had been redistricted into a new district, and he lost to Republican Wayne Gilchrest that year.
Once his term ended in January 1993, McMillen pursued other endeavors. He’s currently president and CEO of Lead1 Association, which represents athletic directors of universities that are in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which is the top tier for NCAA football programs.
McMillen, one of the all-time great players for the University of Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team, played 11 years in the NBA. He’s also a former member of the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents and was a Rhodes scholar and an Olympian.
Epstein, a wealthy financier, was charged by federal authorities this month on multiple counts of sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
About a decade ago, Epstein escaped serious federal charges and pleaded guilty instead to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution in a Florida court — a case that recently gained new attention after the federal prosecutor in that case, Alexander Acosta, became Trump’s labor secretary. Acosta resigned from that job this month.