What’s the true story with Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein? Ghislaine Maxwell may know the answer, and a new book describes the then-President’s apparent fear that she would share that information after her arrest.
Newsweek reported on an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s new book, Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, in which Trump is described asking three questions, apparently linked: “Has she said anything about me? Is she going to talk? Will she roll on anybody?”
From there, Wolff describes him moving to the perpetual question of his presidency: whether he had the power to pardon himself.
If all of that sounds like a guilty conscience spilling out, it doesn’t appear to have amounted to anything. Trump never made any apparent move to rescue Maxwell, and never said much about her publicly other than wishing her well. Of course, that’s an odd enough statement on its own, which some viewed as a veiled threat or warning, but it’s no pre-emptive pardon.
Law & Crime reports that there are a number of documents to be unsealed in Maxwell’s civil defamation case (brought by Virginia Giuffre over half a decade ago) in the coming weeks, but only a few names should be unredacted, including that of Alan Dershowitz, by his own request.
However, her criminal trial is scheduled to begin in November, and it’s not currently clear what names, if any, or how many, might be revealed, either in search of a plea deal or in the process of said trial.
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