Doug Band, a former aide to Bill Clinton described by Vanity Fair as “equal parts fixer, gatekeeper, wingman, consigliere, and adopted son,” dished on the former president’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the late billionaire convicted of sex crimes.
The article said after working with Clinton “every day for nearly two decades, first as a body man and then as one of the primary architects of his lucrative and often-fraught post-presidency,” Band had a falling out with his boss.
Band reportedly tried to push Epstein out of Clinton’s orbit, but acknowledged that Clinton visited Epstein’s private island known as “Pedophile Island.”
“In January 2003, according to Band, Clinton visited Epstein’s private Caribbean island, Little St. James,” Vanity Fair said. “Band said it was one of the few trips he declined to go on in his time with Clinton. A Clinton spokesperson said the president had never been to the island and provided detailed travelogue entries of the period in question that did not contain a visit.”
Wow. Doug Band — Bill Clinton’s former right-hand man — says Clinton visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, which Clinton has repeatedly denied. https://t.co/86ymaZLdb4 pic.twitter.com/TlVRk2KBm1
— Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) December 2, 2020
Chelsea Clinton has ties to Ghislaine Maxwell, aka Epstein’s “pimp,” and Band dished on this relationship as well.
More from Vanity Fair:
Chelsea had ties to Epstein and Maxwell, Band said; he showed me a photo of Bill and Chelsea posing with Epstein and Maxwell at the King of Morocco’s wedding. Chelsea remained friends with Maxwell for years after the press revealed Maxwell was a close associate of Epstein’s. For instance, Chelsea invited Maxwell to her 2010 wedding at the Brooke Astor estate in Rhinebeck, New York, after Epstein had pleaded guilty in Florida to procuring sex from a minor.
“Ghislaine had access to yachts and nice homes. Chelsea needed that,” Band told me.
A Clinton family spokesperson said Chelsea was on friendly terms with Maxwell because of a mutual friend (Gateway computer founder Ted Waitt) and only took one yacht trip with Maxwell in 2009: “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. 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.”
Investigative reporter Tara Palmeri responded to the Vanity Fair feature article to say she had sources who have said Clinton was on the island.
“Sources told me that Ghislaine Maxwell flew Clinton in her helicopter to “Little St. Jeff’s” with secret service en tow,” she tweeted. “Also, @vrsvirginia has long said she saw Clinton on #epstein’s island but wasn’t trafficked to him.”
Sources told me that Ghislaine Maxwell flew Clinton in her helicopter to “Little St. Jeff’s” with secret service en tow. Also, @vrsvirginia has long said she saw Clinton on #epstein’s island but wasn’t trafficked to him. https://t.co/whHPmfgtnE
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) December 2, 2020
The tweet referenced Virginia Giuffre, who was allegedly recruited by Maxwell as a underage teen to be a Epstein’s sexual servant. She said in unsealed court documents that she saw Clinton on the island with “two young girls.”
The story was all the rage online, as social media users just couldn’t resist the urge to jump in.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Harrison Thorne (@Harrisonthorne9) December 2, 2020
— Hot to Trotsky (@Elizabeth_Calo) December 2, 2020
No one is shocked … least shocked is @HillaryClinton https://t.co/KP75Oam9GH
— HeisenbergHattie (@HBergHattie) December 2, 2020
If there’s one thing we can trust bill clinton on it’s his denials of sexual misconduct https://t.co/CTiGlOVL3D
— kirby hancock (@TOAD__MODE) December 2, 2020
Well if Bill Clinton of all people says he didn’t do it, I believe him! https://t.co/OFcTurynSi
— Justin Shortsleeve 👕 (@junstinchecksin) December 2, 2020
Not even @ChelseaClinton could resist the money & power of #JeffreyEpstein https://t.co/RT8vP47q6X
— HeisenbergHattie (@HBergHattie) December 2, 2020
As I say every couple months, if the Clinton family completely disappeared from public life, never to be heard from again, we’d all be better off (read the whole thread). https://t.co/n0Ll5bNo3k
— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) December 2, 2020
— Jeffrey Roberson (@Jroberson32) December 2, 2020
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