Maggie Haberman has confronted numerous criticism for her new guide about Donald Trump — nevertheless it wasn’t for not getting the products!
The New York Instances journalist has been getting dragged over the previous week after it got here out that in interviews she did for Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, the previous President hinted that he had taken some categorized paperwork. You recognize, the entire cause the FBI raided Mar-A-Lago in August? The key criticism? Properly, if she had info on this all these months in the past and mentioned nothing as a result of she was saving it for her guide… she might have endangered nationwide safety!
The one factor Haberman couldn’t be accused of when it got here to Trump was not getting actual entry. Typically it appeared she was on his payroll she was so shut! However a method or one other she bought there. So whereas there have been books written in regards to the forty fifth President earlier than, this one ought to be a doozy!
The most recent to return out from the guide, which hits shops on Tuesday, is an anecdote about how Trump reacted behind closed doorways to the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell.
As our avid readers will most likely have heard, Trump was one in every of two presidents (together with Invoice Clinton) who had been means, means too near accused teen intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Each rode on the “Lolita Categorical” a number of instances. Trump was mentioned to be Epstein’s wingman for years and was infamously quoted in a profile of the billionaire in New York journal — earlier than the underage intercourse accusations grew to become public:
“I’ve recognized Jeff for 15 years. Terrific man. He’s numerous enjoyable to be with. It’s even mentioned that he likes stunning ladies as a lot as I do, and lots of of them are on the youthful aspect. Little question about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
Simply… saying it out loud.
After Epstein’s ridiculously mysterious dying it appeared that was the top of the investigation into the highly effective males he supposedly trafficked teenagers out to. However his proper hand lady nonetheless needed to face the music.
Maxwell was arrested in 2020 on expenses of intercourse trafficking and conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking for her function in Epstein’s ring. In July of that yr, the New York Put up revealed an article saying the socialite would possibly “title names” to get a deal. That article, writes Haberman, actually freaked Trump the eff out.
The then-president had bizarrely mentioned when requested about her arrest:
“I don’t know. I haven’t actually been following it an excessive amount of. I simply want her properly, frankly. I’ve met her quite a few instances over time, particularly since I lived in Palm Seaside, and I suppose they lived in Palm Seaside. However I want her properly, no matter it’s.”
He really wished her properly. They requested about intercourse trafficking expenses, and he wished her properly.
In response to Haberman that odd response makes extra sense when you recognize he was quaking in his boots behind closed doorways! Weeks earlier than the well-wishing, she writes, he was within the Oval Workplace with high advisers when he introduced up the article, asking:
“You see that article within the Put up as we speak that talked about me?”
She wrote that Trump’s aides sat in stony “silence” as their boss requested them about what Maxwell had really mentioned:
“She say something about me?”
In response to Haberman’s reporting, nobody mentioned something. Sadly the identical may very well be mentioned of Ghislaine. She ended up not naming any names in any case, selecting to struggle the costs and shedding fairly badly. She was discovered responsible in December of final yr and sentenced to twenty years in jail.
So it seems Trump had nothing to fret about, per typical. However the reality he was apprehensive is fairly damning in and of itself, as is any longterm relationship with Epstein, frankly. Sorry, Clinton and Trump and Prince Andrew, y’all could also be harmless till confirmed responsible, however you’re additionally suspicious till confirmed clear.
Clearly Trump is now the one slamming Haberman’s guide, calling her a “head case” with “made up tales.” Innerestingly although, we even have some corroboration on this one. As a result of one other journalist’s digging led to almost the very same story!
Bear in mind Michael Wolff, who supposedly bought unintentional entry to the White Home? Properly, in his newest guide about Trump, Landslide, he wrote final yr that Trump had requested the identical query:
“‘Has she mentioned something about me?’ [Trump] brazenly puzzled. ‘Is she going to speak? Will she roll on anyone?’”
Wolff went so far as saying Trump puzzled aloud about pardoning her and even himself. But it surely’s humorous that two completely different reporters with an excessive amount of very actual entry to Trump heard the identical story, isn’t it?
Do YOU suppose Trump had cause to fret? Do you belief ANYONE who was friends with Jeffrey Epstein??
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