Bill Clinton 'joined Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell on 2 secret trips & flew on pedo's Lolita Express jet,' podcast claims
BILL Clinton reportedly took two secret trips with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, even flying on the convicted pedophile's infamous private jet, a podcast claims.
Speaking on her podcast "Chasing Ghislaine" investigative journalist Vicky Ward claimed the former President flew on Epstein's jet, dubbed the "Lolita Express", in February 2005 while visiting Japan, Taiwan, and China.
Clinton also reportedly flew on a private jet owned by billionaire Ron Burkle with Maxwell during a trip to India in November 2003.
That visit came as part of Clinton's work with his eponymous foundation, as he sought to lower the costs of drugs to treat AIDS.
Both of the trips had previously been undisclosed.
Ward's podcast was released on Audible Originals on Thursday. Her bombshell claims were first reported by the Daily Mail.
Maxwell wanted to 'Escape' Epstein
In the episode, Ward also alleges that Maxwell would use Clinton to "escape" from Epstein as her relationship with the financier began to fizzle out.
She claims that Maxwell was treated as an official member of Clinton's entourage and even stayed in the same hotel as him.
Maxwell was also reportedly considered by Clinton's staff to be "just as important" as Epstein for raising money for the Clinton Foundation and was the "go-to person" when it came to getting donations from him.
Wards' claims place renewed scrutiny on Clinton's friendship with Epstein, who hung himself in his Manhattan jail cell in 2019 as he awaited trial on child sex trafficking charges.
Flight logs she uncovered purportedly show that Clinton took at least 26 trips of Epstein's jet.
For at least five of those trips, which took place between 2001 and 2003, Clinton reportedly ditched his secret service detail, Ward claims.
Clinton has long denied any involvement in Epstein's criminal activity and has insisted he's never visited the pedophile's private Caribbean island as previous news reports had claimed.
In her podcast, Wards claims that during the 2000s Maxwell wanted to escape the "sick partnership" she'd forged with Epstein and saw Clinton as her way out.
Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial for trafficking underage girls, dated Epstein during the 1990s and is accused of abusing young girls with him.
"Ghislaine used former President Bill Clinton for her escape," Ward says in the podcast, according to the Mail.
"Remember, Clinton's post-presidency was an exciting, very attractive place to be. He and an entourage went on fascinating trips to Europe, to Asia, to Africa and he met with extremely interesting people.
She continued: "Now, records I've seen recently show that in 2003, Ghislaine visited the Taj Mahal with Bill Clinton and a group of around 20 others.
"This trip has not previously been reported. Jeffrey wasn't on it. And that was key in cementing Ghislaine's rise as a VIP in her own right in Clinton World, according to sources close to Bill Clinton."
Maxwell was 'Clinton VIP'
British journalist Christopher Mason told Ward of Maxwell, "She was always, you know, on her way to something, to see someone of extraordinary importance.
"She was very excited by what she was about to do. And she told me that she was off to see Bill Clinton, and that — that seemed to be a leitmotif in her conversation for quite a long time."
Ward adds that she recently learned from sources close to Clinton that both he and his post-presidency staff considered Maxwell to be "just as important as Jeffrey – if not more so."
"She was the go-to person for 'financial asks' for Jeffrey's money by the Clinton Foundation and then the Global Initiative."
Such asks, Ward claims, involved Maxwell and Epstein donating a "high six-figure sum" in 2005 to become founding members of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Around the same time, authorities in Florida began investigating Epstein for child sex abuse.
Ward said the donation meant that Maxwell was "constantly being asked to Clinton VIP gatherings.
"There were heads of state there and important businessmen like Bill Gates and Google's co-founder Sergey Brin."
She also claims that Epstein and Clinton shared such a close friendship that the financial would brag to his friends about serving the ex-president peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The trio's reported friendship dates back to 1993, when Maxwell and Epstein were seen smiling and shaking hands with Clinton inside the White House when he was president.
But Maxwell and Clinton reportedly grew closer after a trip to China in February 2005, and "Jeffrey seemed to be completely left behind", Ward claims.
According to journalists Alana Goodman and Daniel Halper, who wrote a book about Epstein called "A Convenient Death: The Mysterious Demise of Jeffrey Epstein", Maxwell was actually the reason why Clinton was associating with the pedophile.
The book alleged that Clinton and Maxwell were having an affair. It said that Clinton visited her Manhattan home numerous times and the pair were even spotted dining out together.
Friendship lasted after Epstein's 2007 conviction
Clinton's relations with both Maxwell and Epstein continued beyond the financier's 2007 plea deal conviction, in which he served 15 months in person for having sex with underage girls.
Maxwell was a guest at Chelsea Clinton's wedding in July 2010.
A former aide to the president, Doug Band, told Vanity Fair that he tried to ban Maxwell from any future events in October 2011, but said Clinton was resistant to the idea.
"I knew in telling everyone to stop including Ghislaine that Chelsea and her father would be very angry," he said. "It made it harder for them to justify being close to her."
A spokesperson for Bill Clinton has not yet returned a request for comment.
Maxwell, 59, is due to go on trial in November. She's currently facing an 80-year sentence after being accused of recruiting teen girls from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein to sexually abuse.
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The British socialist has denied all the claims against her.
Her lawyers are pushing for her to be released from the shock overturn of Bill Cosby's conviction earlier this month.
They claim she had been protected under Epstein's 2007 non-prosecution agreement.
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