Alan Dershowitz

In an interview last week, super-lawyer Alan Dershowitz denies involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, beyond work on the 2008 allegations of sexual misconduct by the multimillionaire financier linked to President Trump and other prominent political officials.

Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard University School of Law and one of President Trump's chief legal defenders in the media, will headline the 11th Annual Freedom Conference and Festival in Steamboat Springs.

The gathering of conservatives to talk policy and politics — or "an immersion in ideas to further the ideals of liberty and inspire Americans to greatness," as organizers put it — is Aug. 22 to Aug. 24 at The Steamboat Grand Hotel. 

Tickets are on sale and available online by clicking here.

"The 11th Annual Freedom Conference brings together the nation's leading public policy thought leaders to the Rocky Mountains, where they can debate and pursue the most pressing public policy solutions beyond the confines of the Washington, D.C., bubble," said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of the Steamboat Institute, which puts on the annual conference.

"The ideas and inspiration advanced at the Freedom Conference are only matched by its scenery."

Dershowitz has been a ubiquitous media presence for decade, but he faced new criticism from the left the past two weeks for helping negotiate a lenient plea deal for accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein 11 years ago.

Epstein is a former friend of President Donald Trump. On Friday Trump's labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned over criticism for the Epstein plea deal he accepted when he was a Florida prosecutor.

In an interview with National Public Radio Monday, Dershowitz cited Epstein's close ties to other Harvard University officials.

"None of us had any inkling that he was involved in anything improper," he said about the earlier allegations that Epstein recruited underage girls to have sex with well-connected men. "But then when he was arrested, he asked me to help put together a legal team, ... him which I did."

Dershowitz has been accused of being one of the men who was provided by Epstein a girl with whom to have sex, an accusation he has vehemently denied. 

In a statement released by the Steamboat Institute Monday, Dershowitz previewed his Colorado speech.

"I am honored to speak at the 11th Annual Freedom Conference in beautiful Steamboat Springs," he stated. "I look forward to discussing the importance of protecting free speech for an organization that promotes it so vigorously. Many organizations profess the importance of free speech, but the Steamboat Institute actually practices it."

The conference also will feature former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who will discuss the topic of his new book, "Conservative: Knowing What to Keep; Why the Principles that made America the freest, most prosperous nation in world history must be reclaimed to prevent our demise."

The weekend also will feature NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine discussing "The Future of Space."

President Trump has expressed the goal of erecting an American flag on Mars, but his message on returning to the moon has been muddled.

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