An MIT department received funds from Jeffrey Epstein and recorded them as anonymous

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(WCJB)-- MIT is calling for an independent investigation following explosive allegations that two people at the media lab made efforts to make sure Jeffrey Epstein's name was not associated with donations he made or helped solicit.

Internal communications and documents show Epstein was integral to incoming donations from major donors, including $2 million from Bill Gates and at least $5 million from Leon Black, the founder of private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

Internal email exchanges show MIT media lab director, Joi Ito, was in direct contact with Epstein about the late financier's donations, which documents show at one point were earmarked for a research scientist.

The internal communications dating back to 2014 include several references to Epstein being allowed to make small donations anonymously.