Donald Trump told journalists to question Prince Andrew on Jeffrey Epstein’s “pedophile island” in 2015, reveals a sequence recently redone.
Trump described the island as a “sump” and said journalists should “just ask Prince Andrew, he’ll tell you about it” while linking the Epstein scandal to his adversary Bill Clinton.
Andrew admits that he visited Epstein on the Caribbean island and is under increasing pressure to testify with the American authorities, but says that he was never witness or suspected of crime of Epstein.
Like the Clintons, Trump himself also socialized with Epstein in the years before the deceased was disgraced and imprisoned for child sex crimes.
Donald Trump (photo on the left) told reporters to question Prince Andrew (on the right) on Jeffrey Epstein’s “pedophile island” in 2015, recently redone images reveal
The island in question was Little St James, a place in the US Virgin Islands that Epstein bought for $ 7.95 million in 1998.
Trump’s remarks on Epstein were made at the conservative CPAC rally in February 2015, before he entered the presidential race.
During a question and answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump was asked to comment on Bill Clinton and said, “A nice guy, I had a lot of problems coming to my notice with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein “.
Trump was later asked to expand on this in an interview with Bloomberg and spoke of Prince Andrew apparently unassisted.
“This island was really a sump, there is no doubt about it. Just ask Prince Andrew, he’ll tell you about it. The island was an absolute cesspool, “said Trump.
Asked if the problem would affect Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Trump said “it could be a political problem” for the Clintons.
At the time, Epstein was already a known pedophile because of his 2008 Florida conviction and was currently involved in a trial with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims to have had sex with Prince Andrew. The prince denies it.
Before Epstein’s conviction, he had a network of powerful friends including Andrew, Trump and the Clintons.
The island in question was Little St James, a place in the U.S. Virgin Islands that Epstein purchased for $ 7.95 million in 1998.
Bill Clinton is known to have flown in Epstein’s Lolita Express plane and an alleged victim of Epstein claims to have seen the former president on the island.
Andrew admits to visiting Epstein (photo) on the Caribbean island and is under increasing pressure to testify before the American authorities
Donald Trump was one of the wealthy and powerful people who socialized with Epstein and Maxwell. They are seen here with Trump’s future wife, Melania, in 2000
The Virgin Islands continued the Epstein estate earlier this year, saying the late sex offender raped and trafficked dozens of women and girls on the island.
The complaint alleges that Epstein’s abuse extended from 2001 to 2018 and targeted girls who appeared to be barely 11 or 12 years old.
The lawsuit seeks civil sanctions as well as certain assets from the estate of Epstein estimated at $ 577.7 million, including the confiscation of its two private islands, Little St James and Great St James.
Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a charge of prostitution in the state of Florida, and had served a 13-month prison sentence now widely deemed to be lenient.
The scandal returned to prominence in 2019 when the financier was arrested on new child sexual charges in New York, then committed suicide in prison.
Earlier this month, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was dramatically arrested in New Hampshire and charged with recruiting underage girls for abuse.
Maxwell denies having committed a wrongdoing, but must remain in detention until a trial next year, after a refusal was refused by a federal judge.
Andrew, 60, has disagreed with US prosecutors for months after claiming he was not cooperating with their Epstein investigation.
Duke’s lawyers say he offered help “at least three times this year”, but US officials say he “repeatedly refused our request” for an interview.
Royal commentators say the discrepancy may lie in the nature of the offer, Andrew’s lawyers offering a “witness statement” while former US lawyer Geoffrey Berman made it clear that he was looking for an “interview”.
Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, speaks at a press conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell on July 2
Andrew’s last verbal interview on the subject – his BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis – was widely regarded as a disaster and led to his resignation from public life a few days later.
The prince has been criticized for not showing empathy for the victims of Epstein, and many of his explanations for his behavior have drawn mockery.
In a later statement, he said he “regrets my poorly judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathizes with everyone who has been affected.”
“Of course, I am ready to assist any appropriate law enforcement agency in its investigations, if necessary,” he said at the time.
The problem was thrown into further confusion last month when Berman was fired by the Trump administration in a separate row.
Prosecutors renewed their call for Andrew to testify as they announced the charges against Maxwell, saying “we would welcome Prince Andrew who would come and speak to us.”
A source close to the Duke said Andrew was “baffled” by the latest pressure, saying, “We have contacted the DOJ twice in the past month and to date we have received no response.
Andrew’s legal representatives are convinced that the Duke “is not and has never been the target” of criminal investigations and that American prosecutors ask for his help as a witness. He denies any wrongdoing.