If you know the name “Virginia Roberts” or “Virginia Giuffre”, but don’t know where from, exactly, here’s a reminder, courtesy of the Irish Times, from last December:
Giuffre’s recollections of Prince Andrew are as vivid (in her accounts of his dancing and profuse sweating, and her clinical description of “the whole, entire procedure”), as his defence sounded ridiculous (“I didn’t sweat at the time.”)
But her sense of betrayal, when told she would “have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey” is heartbreaking: “And that just made me sick,” she tells reporter Darragh MacIntyre. “I just didn’t expect it from royalty.”
Authority in various forms, whether represented by wealth, politics or the law, seemed equally untrustworthy: “These powerful people were my chains,” Giuffre puts it.
Pretty much the whole case against the Duke of York rests on the testimony of Giuffre. You either believe her, or you believe him. If she’s making it up, the Duke of York has been the victim of a horrendous calumny. If she’s telling the truth, he’s a despicable paedophile.
But if you believe she’s telling the truth about Prince Andrew, then surely you must also believe that she’s telling the truth in newly released court documents, in which she makes fairly troubling accusations against one William Jefferson Clinton:
“In recently unsealed court documents involving dead child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, a woman named Virginia Giuffre, who publicly accused Epstein of sex trafficking, said that she once saw former Democratic President Bill Clinton on Epstein’s island with “two young girls” from New York.
In the questioning by lawyer Jack Scarola, Guiffre was asked, “Do you have any recollection of Jeffrey Epstein’s specifically telling you that ‘Bill Clinton owes me favors?'”
“Yes, I do,” Guiffre answered. “It was a laugh though. He would laugh it off. You know, I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here [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,” Guiffre continued. “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.”
Shortly thereafter, Scarola asked her “Were sexual orgies a regular occurrence on the island at Jeffrey’s house?” Guiffre responded, “Yes.”
Scarola then asked if she was ever present with Epstein and Clinton on the island.
“Ghislane, Emmy [another girl who was allegedly a regular at Epstein’s house], and there was 2 young girls that I could identify. I never really knew them well anyways. It was just 2 girls from New York,” Guiffre answered, and said they were all staying in Epstein’s house on the island.”
Two things: First, evidence that Clinton was wandering around Epsteins private sex island with two young girls in tow is not evidence that Clinton was on Epstein’s private sex island to have sex with young girls. He could, one supposes, have been there for a perfectly chaste bit of rest and relaxation. There is, as yet, nobody directly accusing him of sexual impropriety – just being very close to a location of ongoing sexual impropriety.
Second, and more importantly, the accusation that Clinton “owed Epstein a favour”. That is, by contrast, direct evidence. If you believe that Epstein asked Roberts/Giuffre to have sex with Prince Andrew, then why would you disbelieve her on this point? Which poses the question: What favour did Clinton owe Epstein? Was the favour ever called in? And what was Clinton doing hanging around with Epstein in the first place?
The thing about Clinton is that any revelations about him and young girls would simultaneously be utterly shocking, and not surprising at all. We’ve all known what he is for years – it’s just been convenient to pretend that he’s not those things, because he’s always had the right politics. Monica Lewinsky was 22 in 1996, remember. Bill Clinton was 50.
Oh, and by the way, when the US authorities raided Epstein’s mansion last year, they found this… interesting… portrait of Bill Clinton hanging on the walls: