Were Jeffrey Epstein Records Sealed After Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict?

Ghislaine Maxwell's conviction for sex trafficking led right-wing commentators to cast doubt on the integrity of the court.

The British socialite was found guilty of grooming girls for former lover Jeffrey Epstein to abuse after a month-long trial.

The jury returned guilty verdicts on five out of six charges, including that she sex trafficked a minor.

After the verdict, claims began to appear about the court's processes in relation to evidence about Epstein's network of powerful friends.

Right-wing commentator and conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec posted on Twitter suggesting documents had been sealed.

He wrote: "Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty.

"All details of Epstein's Network ordered sealed."

The post received 23,000 likes and more than 9,000 retweets and quote tweets at the time of writing.

It was also repeated by Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who wrote on Twitter: "Jeffrey Epstein's entire network should be made public and his fortune should go to his victims.

"If the fake J6 committee can subpoena innocent people's cell phone data and bank records then Jeffrey Epstein's whole network should be publicized."

Avi Yemini, of Rebel News Online, added on Twitter: "Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty but judge orders all details on Epstein's Network to be sealed.

"In summary: It's worse than all the 'conspiracy theories'."

His post was liked 35,900 times at the time of writing.

Adam Klasfeld, the managing editor of Law&Crime, reported on the case in person and disputed the claim.

He told The Daily Dot: "I'm not quite sure what that even means, but insofar as I can make sense of the claim, it's easily disproven; quite a bit of information about Epstein's associates is already in the public record."Newsweek was unable to find any public record of a new judgement having been passed in relation to documents about the case following the verdict.

A number of high profile associates of Epstein were also named as having flown on his plane during the trial, despite not being defendants in the case.

They include Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and Bill Gates, among others.

Earlier in December, a decision was taken between the defense and prosecution that Jeffrey Epstein's famous little black book wouldn't be released to the public, The Independent reported.

The contacts book has previously been leaked online. Leland Nally, a journalist with Mother Jones, once called everyone in the contacts book for a feature.

Some evidence in Maxwell's case remained sealed, including Epstein's little black book, however Posobiec's Tweet suggested that all the evidence had been kept secret.

This doesn't account for the high profile names of Epstein and Maxwell's rich and powerful friends that were disclosed in court.

The decision to seal the contacts book was also made during the trial and was therefore not related to the verdict, which hadn't yet been reached.

Newsweek reached out to Jack Posobiec for comment through Human Events, where he is a senior editor.

Update: A previous version of this story was presented as a Fact Check.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell, seen at the Annual WIE Symposium, on September 20, 2013, in New York City, was found guilty of sex trafficking. Jeffrey Epstein poses for a sex offender mugshot after being charged with procuring a minor for prostitution on July 25, 2013 in Florida. Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images and Florida Department of Law Enforcement via Getty Images