Donald Trump has sent his best wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, who faces federal charges for allegedly allowing the sex trafficking of underage girls by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
At a press conference supposed to discuss the coronavirus crisis hitting the United States on Tuesday, Trump answered questions from reporters, one of whom asked him about Maxwell’s recent arrest and whether it could implicate some “mighty men” who were part of Epstein’s jet set. social circle.
“I don’t know – I didn’t really follow him too much. I just wish him luck, frankly, ”Trump replied. “I’ve met her a number of times over the years, especially since living in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish him good luck, whatever.
Maxwell, a longtime partner of Epstein, was arrested earlier this month and charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, inciting a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of enlisting. in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and perjury.
Epstein was arrested last July and committed suicide in federal prison in August. His death sparked speculation about what he knew about powerful figures in politics, science and entertainment with whom he had frequently associated, including figures like Trump, former President Bill Clinton and British Prince Andrew.
Responding to the reporter’s question, Trump concluded by saying, “I am not familiar with the situation with Prince Andrew. I do not know. Not up to date. “
A photo taken at the resort town of Mar-a-Lago in February 2000 shows Trump and his now wife, Melania, with Maxwell and Epstein.
The date for Maxwell’s trial has been set for July 12 of next year. The 58-year-old faces up to 35 years in federal prison if convicted of all six counts.
Maxwell has repeatedly denied the wrongdoing. Her lawyers said she “vigorously denies the charges” and “is entitled to the presumption of innocence”.
Maxwell was arrested at a New Hampshire mansion in an FBI raid that ended months of speculation over her whereabouts that had been fueled by rumors of sightings across America and abroad. Prosecutors claimed she had forged a life of hiding, designed to escape authorities, while her lawyers say she was in contact with authorities and was just keeping a low profile.