Epstein’s friends are a stunning array of the rich, powerful and famous

(CNN)The billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on new charges of sex trafficking (he has pleaded not guilty) has focused national interest on his wide circle of powerful associates. For decades, Epstein cultivated an East Coast axis of elites, assembling an impressive roster of associations that range from the headmaster of a prestigious private school to President Donald Trump. Reporter on Acosta: Lots of excuses, but no apologies According to a statement issued by Clinton’s office, the former president’s dealings with Epstein seem to have begun and ended between 2002 and “well over a decade ago.” Trump has known Epstein since the mid-1980s. In 2002 he told New York Magazine that Epstein was a “terrific guy” and said “He’s a lot of …