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No official U.S. approach to quiz Prince Andrew over Epstein, UK PM says

By Michael Holden

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Andrew leaves St. Mary the Virgin church in Hillington, near royal Sandringham estate, in Norfolk, Britain January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Radburn/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have not made an official approach to the British government for permission to speak to Prince Andrew about his contacts with the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

 

U.S. prosecutors want to question the British prince over his contacts with Epstein, who was awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors when he died last August in a New York City federal prison.

 

However, they have said Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, had repeatedly evaded their requests for an interview and reiterated their desire to speak to him on Thursday after they arrested British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of Epstein.

 

Lawyers for Andrew, who met Epstein through his friendship with Maxwell, say he has offered his help three times this year.

 

Asked what the response would be if U.S. officials sought formal access to the prince, whose official title is the Duke of York, Johnson said: "No such approach has been made. It's a matter for the royal family."

 

He added: "Everybody's sympathies are very much with the victims of Jeffrey Epstein but you wouldn't expect me to comment on matters affecting the royal family."

 

"The law must carried out and the law must be observed," he told LBC radio.

 

In June, then-U.S. Attorney for Manhattan Geoffrey Berman said Andrew had "sought to falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate" with their inquiry.

 

At the same time, a U.S. law enforcement official confirmed to Reuters that U.S. authorities investigating Epstein had sent the British government a formal request, known as a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) submission, asking for access to the prince.

 

After Maxwell was arrested and charged on Thursday with luring underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse, acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: "We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us."

 

Andrew's legal team have accused the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) of seeking publicity rather than his help, rejecting accusations he had offered "zero cooperation."

 

"The Duke’s team remains bewildered given that we have twice communicated with the DOJ in the last month, and to-date, we have had no response," a source close to Andrew's team said in response to Strauss's remarks.

 

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42 minutes ago, riclag said:

Whats the problem here ! fax the questions over ,answer them and be done with it!

Given trump's fawning over the Queen, you know he just adores monarchies, one could viable assume US govt wouldn't officially put pressure on the Royal Family.

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Funny old Game. Indiscretions seem to be the Key to Power in Latino Countries. Clinton would still be President if elected in Italy or France.:drunk:

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The State Department has rejected a request from London to hand over a U.S. diplomat's wife who fled the U.K. last year after she was involved in a head-on car crash that killed a young British man. According to local police, Anne Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit 19-year-old Harry Dunn, riding a motorbike, on Aug. 27 in Northamptonshire, in central England. A State Department spokesperson, who called it a "tragic" accident, said Sacoolas had "immunity from criminal jurisdiction.

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Straight from killing the kid on his bike, to Heathrow airport--and safely back in the arms of the CIA.

 

I am not condoning what Andrew is accused of---but the CIA giving diplomatic passports to their agents, so any crime they commit is OK.  Surly the Royal family have a diplomatic passport. Whatever Ms Maxwell says.......if she gets to talk

 

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Probably do a deal give us Julian and we'll forget about him.

 

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1 minute ago, heybuz said:

Probably do a deal give us Julian and we'll forget about him.

You KNOW Ghislaine has a stockpile of "Get out of jail free" documents tucked in somewhere. I imagine there are some folks had to change their Depends after they heard this.

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30 minutes ago, pineapple01 said:

Funny old Game. Indiscretions seem to be the Key to Power in Latino Countries. Clinton would still be President if elected in Italy or France.:drunk:

'Indiscretions' when using trafficked underage girls for sex?

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18 minutes ago, AJBangkok said:

Why doesn’t the DOJ start a little closer to home and ask Bill Clinton and Bill Gates to come in and “assist” them. Clinton is listed on 27 flight manifests of the Lolita express. Gates Has been shown in pictures with Epstein like Andrew so.....<SNIP>

trump?

 

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/eric-trump-tweet-clinton-epstein-connection-backfires-2020-7?r=US&IR=T

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4 hours ago, riclag said:

Whats the problem here ! fax the questions over ,answer them and be done with it!

Then fax the answers back. No comment. As with any person, he is under no obligation to answer anything.

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Don't know why Boris is getting involved. 

 

Leave it to Andrew and his mum to sort out.

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