Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing the secrets of Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book says

Donald Trump with wife Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Davidoff Studios / Getty Images
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by turning on Trump or Clinton, a new book says.
Steve Bannon reportedly told Epstein that he feared him during Trump's election campaign because he thought he knew secrets.
The allegations are made in a new book by journalist Michael Wolff, who spent time with Epstein before his death.
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could strike a deal with prosecutors by revealing secrets about former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, according to a new book by Michael Wolff, reported on The Daily Mail.
The disgraced financier and convicted sex offender was arrested on charges of sex trafficking in July 2019 and died of suicide in his prison cell a month later.
In his new book "Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Damned, the Notorious - Twenty Years of Columns, Essays and Reporting", Michael Wolff reveals Epstein's thinking in his final months.
According to the book, Epstein believed the Justice Department arrested him on the orders of then-President Donald Trump because they wanted information about Bill Clinton, who had flown on his private jet several times.
"The White House wanted through the Justice Department to quell a long-standing Republican obsession and Trump's ace in the hole and get Epstein to flip and reveal Bill Clinton's sex secrets," Wolff wrote, according to The Daily Mail.
"Trump, if he was obsessed with Clinton for what he was, he was obsessed with what Epstein knew about Clinton too."
Epstein also believed that New York prosecutors investigating Trump's business affairs may have ordered his arrest in order to "pressure him to attack Trump," Wolff reportedly suggested in the book.
Wolff said there were "many likely loopholes in these theories," but Epstein believed there could be "a deal," said The Daily Mail.
Wolff revealed he was visiting the billionaire at his infamous $ 75 million mansion in New York City months before Epstein's death, The Daily Mail said.
During Wolff's visit, Steve Bannon reportedly called Epstein and told him he feared him during Donald Trump's presidential campaign because he thought the financier knew secrets about Trump.
"You were the only person I was scared of during the campaign," Bannon told Epstein.
"You should have been, too," Epstein allegedly replied.
Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-a-Lago 1992. NBC
Steve Bannon was Donald Trump's 2016 campaign manager and became the president's chief strategist for the first seven months of his first term.
In his book, Wolff also claims that Bannon gave Jeffrey Epstein media training in 2019 for a possible 60-minute interview that didn't materialize.
Although Bannon confirmed that he had spent over 15 hours recording practice interviews with Epstein, he denied some of Wolff's characterizations of the conversations.
During his visit to Epstein's home, Wolff said the sex offender told him he thought Trump was an "idiot" and believed that Attorney General Bill Barr really did have the say, according to The Daily Mail.
According to Wolff, Epstein said things started to go wrong when he and Trump went to buy a mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, which he lost to Trump.
Afterward, Epstein said he believed Trump "cultivated" Palm Beach police to investigate him, the newspaper reported.
Wolff wrote that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was also present at Epstein's house during his visit, The Daily Mail said.
Michael Wolff has written several books on Donald Trump's presidency, including the bestseller "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".
Some have questioned Wolff's journalistic credibility, arguing that his novel-like writing often obscures where he got certain anecdotes and information from.
Read the original article on Business Insider
In this article:
Donald Trump
45th President of the United States
Jeffrey Epstein
American financier
Melania Trump
Former First Lady of the United States
Steve Bannon
Political figure

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