A new book reveals that Jeffrey Epstein — the serial child rapist who is now dead — was a member at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Previously, the Trump Organization has claimed that although Epstein was an occasional guest at the resort, he was never a member, but the new book — called The Grifter’s Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency — reveals that claim to be a lie. In fact, according to a membership log that authors of the book apparently personally viewed, Epstein was actually a member at the club, and his account was closed in 2007 — after Epstein had already faced criminal charges over his crimes.
Nicholas Nehamas, who is one of the journalists behind the new book The Grifter’s Club, discussed the revelation of Epstein’s membership at Mar-a-Lago in a conversation with the news website News And Guts. Nehamas explained:
‘The book contains a major revelation about Jeffrey Epstein and Mar-a-Lago. It is known that Epstein was a regular at the club for many years and Trump’s friend. At some point, the Trump Organization has said Trump banned Epstein from the property, although it insisted he was never a member. “The Grifter’s Club” reveals that Epstein was in fact listed as a member of Mar-a-Lago. The authors viewed a membership log that includes Epstein, with an address at his mansion in Palm Beach. The log says his account was closed in October 2007.’
Nehamas adds that “[previously] reported court records state that Trump banned Epstein from visiting the club for an alleged sexual assault on a girl” and the authors “were told the young woman was the daughter of a member and Trump kicked his friend out to protect Mar-a-Lago’s brand.” It’s staggering that Mar-a-Lago’s brand would have been even near the top of the priorities list for the eventual president when faced with the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump tells #AxiosOnHBO that he stands by his comments wishing alleged child sex trafficker and Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell well.
“I wish her well. I'd wish you well. I'd wish a lot of people well.” pic.twitter.com/1MRxyqzCLk
— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020
More recently, Trump has attracted steep scrutiny for insisting on wishing “well” to Ghislaine Maxwell, an accomplice of Epstein’s who is currently jailed on charges related to her participation in his crimes. Trump, Epstein, and Maxwell have repeatedly been photographed together in various combinations and in various contexts.
President Donald Trump again extended well-wishes to accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, apparently expressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime companion https://t.co/EbEBXF58oM pic.twitter.com/KrsYxgRrG3
— POLITICO (@politico) August 4, 2020