Donald Trump cast doubt on Tuesday over former President Bill Clinton’s denial that he ever visited Jeffrey Epstein’s notorious ‘pedophilia island.’
The president repeatedly suggested that his predecessor was lying in a statement saying that he had not been to Little St. James, the island owned by the pervert financier, which was raided by the FBI Monday.
Speaking as he was about to board Air Force One from Morristown, New Jersey, Trump declined to answer whether he ‘really believed’ that the Clintons had arranged for Epstein to be killed, a claim he had retweeted after the 66-year-old’s apparent suicide on Saturday morning.
Instead he highlighted Clinton’s repeated flights on Epstein’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, and suggested that the former president’s response to the revelation he was named in the flight logs was misleading.
Asked if he believed – as he had tweeted – that the Clintons played a part in the pervert’s death, he replied: ‘I have no idea.’
He went on: ‘I know he was on his plane 27 times, and he said he was on the plane four times.
‘But when they checked the plane log, Bill Clinton – who was a very good friend of Epstein’s – he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times. So why did he say four times?
‘And then the question you have to ask is: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? Because Epstein had an island – that was not a good place as I understand it.
‘I was never there. So you have to ask: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? That’s the question. You find that out, you’re going to know a lot.’
Donald Trump cast doubt over whether Bill Clinton ever visited Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called ‘pedophilia island,’ even though the former president denied every going there
‘So you have to ask: Did Bill Clinton go to the island? That’s the question. You find that out, you’re going to know a lot,’ Trump told reporters Tuesday before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey
Financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (pictured) was accused in Manhattan federal court of arranging for young girls to perform nude ‘massages’ and other sex acts. Clinton said he had only made four journeys with Epstein, but a plane log reviewed shows he had been aboard his plane at least 26 times – albeit in the course of a multi-leg tour
Terrence K. Williams, a conservative commentator and actor tweeted, ‘Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen…[Epstein] had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead.’ Trump retweeted it
Trump retweeted a post from a breaking news site that alleges unsealed documents prove Clinton took private trips to Epstein’s ‘pedophilia island’
Trump retweeted a post Saturday that linked to a breaking news site that showed unsealed court documents naming Clinton as taking private trips to Epstein’s Caribbean island.
Documents unsealed in Manhattan federal court last week revealed how Epstein, a convicted sex offender, arranged for young girls to perform nude ‘massages’ and other sex acts.
Epstein’s jet was reportedly set up with a bed where guests had group sex with young girls.
The claim that Clinton dined on the island was first made in 2011 by Virginia Roberts, who was recruited as a sex slave for Epstein when she was just 15.
She told the Mail on Sunday that Clinton was among the powerful men she had come into contact with while she ‘worked’ for Epstein. Among the others were Britain’s Prince Andrew, with whom she was photographed in 2001.
Roberts – now Giuffre – never claimed she was ‘lent out’ to Clinton and said that she met him twice, once on the island.
She said that Epstein invited two young brunettes to a dinner which he gave on his Caribbean island for Clinton shortly after he left office, but, that as far as she knew, there was no sexual contact between them and the former president.
Roberts was questioned under oath about the Mail on Sunday interview and did not dispute that part of it.
She also said under oath that Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s fixer and alleged procurer, had told her that Clinton had arrived by Epstein’s helicopter.
Maxwell furiously denied that when she too was questioned under oath.
She called the claim a ‘flat out total fabrication and a lie.’
After Epstein was arrested last month, the former president issued a statement denying he had ever made a trip to the island and said he had only ever been on the plane four times.
Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory linking the Clintons to Epstein’s suicide while remaining silent on the death of his former friend. Trump is seen right with Epstein in 1997
Close: Ghislaine Maxwell (circled) was so close to the Clintons that she attended Chelsea’s wedding to Marc Mazvinsky in 2010. She furiously denied Virginia Roberts’ account that Jeffrey Epstein held a dinner for Bill Clinton on his pedophile island in 2001, shortly after he left office
‘President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,’ a statement released from his office read.
‘In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane.’ the statement continued.
Clinton also claimed he has not spoken with his one-time friend Epstein in ‘well over a decade.’
‘[Clinton] never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.’
The number of flights which Clinton appears to have been on in publicly available flight logs for Epstein’s plane was 26, but they include multi-leg trips to Africa and Asia.
Maxwell, who has not been seen since Epstein’s sudden death on Saturday morning, was also close to the Clintons to the extent that she attended Chelsea’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in upstate New York in 2010.
HOW BILL CLINTON DENIED GOING TO PEDOPHILE ISLAND
Statement from Bill Clinton’s press secretary:
‘President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.’
Epstein was found dead on Saturday, in an apparent suicide, in his prison cell.
Trump retweeted a post from conservative commentator Terrence Williams, who said, ‘Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen… #JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead.’
Williams said, ‘we know who did this!’ – touting a conspiracy that the Clintons had something to do with Epstein’s death.
The president received an outpouring of criticism for the retweet, with many claiming he was pushing a conspiracy theory, but the president defended the move on Tuesday.
‘He’s a very highly respected conservative pundit,’ he told reporters of Williams before concluding his trip to his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club.
‘The retweet, which is what it was – it was a retweet, was from somebody that’s a very respected conservative pundit. So I think I was fine,’ he said.
Trump also said he is pushing for a full fledged investigation into Epstein, his island, those who may have been associated with him and the questionable circumstances surrounding his death.
‘Bill Barr wants to do an entire investigation of the whole Epstein matter,’ he said. ‘What happened? It’s been going on for a long time – the whole Epstein episode. And I know it’s under investigation by Attorney General Barr, and I’m sure he’s going to be handling it.’
On Sunday, Barr said he was ‘appalled’ that Epstein was found dead, even though he was supposed to be on suicide watch, and the attorney general announced the Justice Department would be investigating his death.