Jul 21, 2020
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Topline: During a Tuesday coronavirus briefing, President Trump offered well-wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante who now faces multiple federal charges related to Epstein’s alleged sex ring. In the 1990s and early 2000s, all three traveled in the same social circles, and Maxwell was photographed with the future commander-in-chief multiple times. Here’s every photo of them we could find:
Maxwell was also spotted in a 1992 video of Epstein partying with Trump at Mar-a-Lago (check the 45 second mark):
A photo of Trump and Maxwell at a “hookers and pimps” themed party was published by the Daily Mail in December 2019. Maxwell sports a blonde wig and a leopard-print trench coat, while Trump wears the same business suit he’s typically seen in.
Another image of Maxwell wearing a green outfit and posing with Trump and an unnamed third woman has been posted multiple times to social media, but it’s unclear when the photo was taken, or where.
“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. “I just wish her well, frankly.”
At least 15 years. In July 2019, and after Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges, Trump said he hadn’t spoken to the disgraced financier—who he once called “a terrific guy”—for 15 years. “We had a falling out,” Trump told reporters, adding he “was not a fan.”
Maxwell is being held without bail in a Brooklyn federal prison while awaiting trial on charges of enticing and transporting minors as part of Epstein’s alleged sex ring, along with committing perjury during depositions about Epstein in 2016. She pleaded not guilty and has denied all previous allegations against her. Maxwell arrived in the U.S. around 1992, after her father, U.K. media mogul Robert Maxwell, died under mysterious circumstances. Maxwell and Epstein dated for several years, and remained very close friends after their breakup. After Epstein’s death by suicide in a Manhattan jail in August 2019, the two were the subject of a civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against the late financier’s estate. Giuffre has alleged that Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex with their powerful and famous friends, including Prince Andrew, who has denied her claim. Maxwell disappeared from the public eye after Epstein’s death. Her July 2 arrest in Bradford, New Hampshire, required 20 federal agents, according to reports. The agents were forced to breach the door of the home where Maxwell was staying, and said she reportedly attempted to flee within the home. They also found her cell phone wrapped in tin foil, in an attempt to prevent law enforcement from detecting her. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to begin in July 2021.
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