Trump asked aides if Ghislane Maxwell had mentioned him after his arrest

The arrest of notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislane Maxwell has left former President Donald Trump anxious that she could raise her name to investigators or the press, according to a new book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who The Independent obtained before publication.

Inside Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, Haberman writes that the then president’s mind was occupied by a July 2020 story in the newspaper New York Post about Maxwell’s arrest on sex trafficking charges.

O Publish report, authored by Page Six Gossip column editor Emily Smith quoted an associate of Epstein’s (who hanged herself in federal custody in 2019) describing Maxwell as believing she was “protected by the intelligence communities she and [Epstein] helped with information… by Prince Andrew, President Clinton and even President Trump”, whom Epstein’s associate described as being “well known for being an acquaintance of hers and Epstein’s”.

According to Haberman, Trump questioned his aides about the Publish story during an Oval Office meeting, asking, “Do you see that article in the Publish today that you mentioned me?”

After his aides responded with silence, Trump pressed them further on Maxwell, who at that time was a prisoner in the custody of the Department of Justice.

“Did she say anything about me?” he asked.

The disgraced socialite, whose late father was press baron and former Labor MP Robert Maxwell, received a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of five counts of sex trafficking following a trial in December 2021. She remains in custody. federal and never offered any cooperation with prosecutors, nor did she utter Trump’s name in her defense.

The former president was a longtime associate of Epstein and Maxwell, and was filmed at a party discussing the appearance of girls who were present during a conversation with the late pedophile.

Despite the gravity of the allegations leveled against her by the government he was leading at the time, Trump may have held some fondness for Maxwell, who was at his Mar-a-Lago club often enough to allegedly recruit girls into Epstein (an allegation leveled against her by one of Epstein’s victims).

At a press conference at the White House after her arrest, Trump was asked about the case against her.

The then president surprised reporters by replying: “I haven’t really been following much. I only wish her well, frankly.”

“I have met her several times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I think they [Maxwell and Epstein] lived in Palm Beach,” he said. “But I wish you well, whatever it is.”

in an interview with New York In the magazine, Trump called Epstein, the notorious girl abuser, a “fantastic guy” who was “a lot of fun to be with.”

“It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side,” Trump said.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at