November 23, 2017: Thanksgiving Day
Today, Richard Johnson’s Page Six column in the New York Post was on the topic of US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and NXIVM. The headline: Secretive Upstate Group Had Gillibrand’s Dad on Payroll
Page Six is probably America’s best known and best read gossip column.
Today, Mr. Johnson, whose ‘whispers roar with a patrician manner and acerbic pen’ outed the role of US. Sen. Gillibrand’s attorney/lobbyist father, Doug Rutnik, who once worked for NXIVM, was sued by the cult and several of its members (including Barbara Bouchey and the Bronfman brats), and refunded the cult his entire $100,000 fee.
Mr. Johnson reminds readers that NXIVM’s “leader Keith Raniere, aka Vanguard, has a secret sorority of young, attractive women who are branded like cattle with his initials and forced to hand over nude photos as ‘collateral’ in case they disobey him.”
“Court records show that the group, said to have spent more than $1 million a month on legal fees, has been involved in more than 50 lawsuits over the years.”
“Nxivm’s biggest financial supporter, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, contributed $2,400 to Gillibrand’s 2010 special-election campaign, records show.”
Mr. Johnson concludes his column with a hard-to-believe quote from a spokesman for Sen. Gillibrand who claimed the Senator “never heard of this group until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”
Mr. Johnson has written about NXIVM before:
10/29/17 India Oxenberg’ dad speaks out-about daughter involved in cult
11/07/17 Catherine Oxenberg meets with officials over daughters cult involvement
11/23/17 Secretive Upstate Group Had Gillibrand’s Dad on Payroll
Even if Sen. Gillibrand had never heard about NXIVM “until she recently read about them in the newspaper” (which sounds like total bullshit), the question still remains: WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM NOW? This group’s operational headquarters are in New York State, it operates as a criminal enterprise in several locations in New York State, and it has bought off or scared off federal, state and local officials in New York State to the point that they won’t even investigate its criminal activities, let alone prosecute anyone. So, how about a Senate Hearing on the cult and its activities? Doesn’t that sound like a reasonable action for Sen Gillibrand to take? Especially given her new-found concern over sexual harassment…