(RepublicanNews.org) – The spokesman for former president Donald Trump has called any claims that Trump was inappropriately involved with the late pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein “debunked,” after Trump’s name appeared on a list of people associated with Epstein. The list contains 90 names, some of which have been redacted to protect victims’ identities, and was made public as part of a release of court documents. There has been no suggestion made that those on the list were aware of, or complicit in, Epstein’s criminal behavior.
The list includes a wide range of high-profile figures, including actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, as well as another former president, Democrat Bill Clinton. Trump has spoken previously about his friendship with Epstein, telling ‘New York Magazine’ in 2002 that the pair had been friends for 15 years. Epstein’s Palm Beach villa was a mere 1.5 miles away from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and Epstein had been known to visit a Trump-owned Atlantic City casino. One of Epstein’s accusers, Johanna Sjoberg, said that her first flight on Epstein’s plane involved an impromptu visit to the casino. When questioned in a lawyer’s office in 2016, she denied having ever given Trump a massage and she gave no indication that she witnessed any inappropriate behavior from him.
Virginia Giuffre was present for the same visit to the Atlantic City Casino, but Sjoberg said that Giuffre could not gamble due to her being underage. Giuffre has publicly accused Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who has since been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking, of abusing her from the age of 17, including forcing her to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew, a British royal. Prince Andrew denied all wrongdoing, but settled a case with her in 2022, paying Giuffre an undisclosed sum of money out of court.
Following Epstein’s arrest in 2019 on charges of sex trafficking, Trump has sought to publicly distance himself from his former friend. When asked, he said he had not spoken to Epstein for many years after falling out with him but would not reveal the reason for the friendship’s breakdown.
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