Right-wing felt Steve Bannon recorded hours of interviews with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, apparently to help him prepare for a 60-minute interview that was never filmed, according to author Michael Wolff.
The surprising incident in early 2019, months before Epstein’s arrest for sex trafficking, is chronicled in Wolff’s upcoming book Too Famous, according to the New York Times.
Relying on transcripts of what Epstein seems to consider to be training interviews, Wolff writes that Bannon both interviewed and trained Bannon, advising him to look at the camera every now and then and warning him not to. share his racist theories on how black people learn.
In interviews at Epstein’s New York mansion, Bannon often advised Epstein to stick to his main message, which is that he is not a pedophile, according to Wolff.
Steve Bannon (left) recorded hours of interviews with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein (right) in early 2019, according to author Michael Wolff
Author Michael Wolff (above) revealed the previously unknown incident, relying on transcripts of what Epstein appears to believe to be hands-on interviews
Towards the end of the talks, Bannon praised Epstein, writes Wolff, telling him: “You are engaging, you are not threatening, you are natural, you are sympathetic, you are not. Looks scary, you’re a sympathetic figure. ‘
Wolff’s new book is due out in October
Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist who was pardoned on fraud charges, denied ever training Epstein in the media, but confirmed the interviews took place.
Bannon told The Times he recorded over 15 hours of interviews with Epstein for a previously unannounced documentary showing how Epstein’s “perversions and depravity towards young women was part of a life that was consistently supported. , encouraged and rewarded by a global establishment that dined its money and influence.
A former Hollywood producer, Bannon has already made 15 documentaries, but his work on Epstein’s alleged film has not been revealed before.
Bannon confirmed to The Times that he encouraged Epstein to speak to 60 Minutes, although this interview apparently never took place.
Bannon was a close adviser to Trump until he left the White House in 2017. There has been speculation he wooed Epstein as a political financier before the predator’s arrest.
Author of Trump’s explosive Fire And Fury talk in the White House, for which Bannon was a key source, Wolff is well known for having access to prominent figures, but has been accused of misleading the sources of his accounts. dramatized.
A prominent right-wing figure, Bannon spent his time after leaving the White House in 2017 meeting with populist extremists from around the world.
There have been confirmed sightings of Bannon visiting Epstein’s mansion, giving credence to Wolff’s account.
In August 2018, the New York Post reported that Bannon was seen walking into Epstein’s huge townhouse on East 71st Street early one morning.
The newspaper cites sources who speculated that Bannon was trying to raise money from Epstein for his right-wing political projects.
In August 2018, Bannon was spotted entering Epstein’s huge townhouse on East 71st Street early one morning. The mansion is seen above in a file photo
Bannon has pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges as part of his We Build the Wall campaign. Trump pardoned him before the case went to trial.
Epstein was known to be a generous political donor, but mostly gave to Democrats. The social circle of the sexual predator spanned the entire political spectrum, from Trump to Bill Clinton.
In July 2019, several months after the filmed interviews with Bannon, Epstein was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking dozens of girls as young as 14.
He died behind bars the following month in what was deemed suicide.