Judge Orders To Unseal Documents That May Show Jeffrey Epstein's Relationship with the Clintons
A federal judge has ruled that documents Ghislaine Maxwell wants to keep from the public eye should be released later this month.
Judge Loretta Preska ruled Thursday that unsealing the documents will not affect Maxwell’s upcoming trial on sex trafficking charges, the Daily Mail reported.
Court documents allege she helped recruit underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, according to the New York Post.
Any such information would be included in the records requested by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said she was one of Epstein’s victims. Giuffre has sued Maxwell for defamation and sought to obtain personal and financial records, according to the Daily Mail.
As part of that request, Giuffre sought information concerning “funding received from the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation,” according to court documents.
Giuffre has also sought information concerning email accounts Maxwell allegedly kept hidden from legal and public scrutiny.
During a hearing, Preska said she rejected Maxwell’s contention that “continued unsealing of these materials implicates her right to a fair trial in her pending criminal case.”
Maxwell’s trial is currently scheduled to begin in November.
Epstein died in 2019 while in federal custody. His death has been ruled a suicide.
Former President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Epstein and Maxwell has long been a source of controversy.
Photos have emerged showing Clinton receiving a massage from a woman who has said she was among Epstein’s victims.
Although some records show he took more than 20 flights on Epstein’s plane — dubbed the “Lolita Express” — Clinton has said that only four trips were made.
“Yes, I do,” she replied. “It was a laugh though. He would laugh it off. You know, I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing [on Epstein’s island] kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes me favors.’”
“He never told me what favors they were,” Giuffre said. “I never knew. I didn’t know if he was serious. It was just a joke … He told me a long time ago that everyone owes him favors. They’re all in each other’s pockets.”
Giuffre also said during the meeting that Clinton was at the island with “two young girls.”