Ghislaine Maxwell and former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band
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Former President Bill Clinton’s one-time high advisor dished on the household’s ties to pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell in a sequence of recent interviews on his time with the political dynasty.
Doug Band — who rose from Bubba’s physique man throughout his second time period in the workplace to probably the most trusted adviser of his post-presidential life — informed Vanity Fair that he tried for years to maintain Epstein at a distance, however, that Clinton simply couldn’t keep away.
Though ignorant on the time of Epstein’s intercourse crimes, Band stated he knew the financier was unhealthy information ever since Clinton’s now-infamous 2002 journey aboard Epstein’s non-public jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.”
Photos have been unearthed earlier this 12 months of the journey, together with a shot of Clinton receiving a neck therapeutic massage from Chauntae Davies, who later accused Epstein of rape.
Band additionally recalled for the Vanity Fair piece that Epstein made outlandish boasts throughout the humanitarian journey, together with that he invented the idea of the derivatives buying and selling market.
The band stated he inspired Clinton to sever ties with Epstein after the journey, however, that in January 2003, the previous president visited Epstein’s non-public Caribbean retreat, Little St. James — often known as “Pedophile Island.”
In an uncommon transfer given their shut working relationship on the time, Band stated he declined to affix Clinton on the journey, which, in accordance with Epstein’s flight logs, was one in every of dozens he made to the island over time.
The Clinton camp has insisted beforehand that the previous president has by no means set foot on the island, a denial repeated within the Vanity Fair piece.
Epstein — who hanged himself in his Lower Manhattan jail cell in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial — additionally donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation philanthropic group in 2006.
The household additionally maintained shut ties to Maxwell — presently awaiting her personal trial on costs she groomed underage ladies she and Epstein would go on to abuse — by the years, Band stated.
Chelsea Clinton, the previous president’s solely baby, maintained a friendship with Maxwell — inviting Maxwell to her 2010 wedding ceremony — lengthy after Epstein’s misdeeds have been public information, in what Band characterized as a seize at the high-society way of life.
“Ghislaine had access to yachts and nice homes,” Band informed Vanity Fair. “Chelsea needed that.”
A spokesperson for the Clinton household informed the journal that the 2 have been solely linked by a mutual friendship with Gateway founder Ted Waitt.
“It wasn’t until 2015 that Chelsea became aware of the horrific allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell and she hopes that all the victims find justice,” the spokesperson stated. “Chelsea was friendly with her because of Maxwell’s relationship with a dear friend. When that relationship ended, Chelsea’s relationship with her ended as well.”
In October 2011, as his personal relationship with Clinton was quickly disintegrating, Band orchestrated a marketing campaign to bar Maxwell from all occasions surrounding the household.
“I knew in telling everyone to stop including Ghislaine that Chelsea and her father would be very angry,” he stated. “It made it harder for them to justify being close to her.”
In pushing again in opposition to the tell-all article in its entirety, the Clinton household characterised Band as a bitter ex-staffer who abused the connection to additional his personal monetary positive factors.
“No staffer has ever used their role to serve their interests as much as Doug Band,” the assertion learn. “For many years he was a valuable member of President Clinton’s team and supportive of Clinton Foundation programs. Until he wasn’t. He put the foundation at risk by leveraging a world-class philanthropy for his own financial gain. It’s as disappointing a story as it is a sad one and ultimately why Doug Band and the Clintons parted ways.”