Donald Trump and Melania Trump with Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Jeffrey Epstein. Davidoff Studios/Getty Images
Jeffrey Epstein believed that he could negotiate with prosecutors by turning on Trump and Clinton, according to a new book.
According to reports, Steve Bannon told Epstein that he fear him because he believes he knows secrets.
These claims were made by Michael Wolff, a journalist who was close to Epstein before his death.
According to Michael Wolff's new book, Jeffrey Epstein believed that he could negotiate a deal with prosecutors by disclosing secrets about former presidents Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. This was according to The Daily Mail.
Disgraced financier and convicted of sex offences was arrested in July 2019 and was later pronounced dead in his cell by suicide.
Michael Wolff, in his new book "Too Famous" (The Rich, Powerful, Wishful, Damned and the Notorious – Twenty Years of Columns. Essays. Reporting), reveals Epstein’s final thoughts.
According to the book Epstein believed that the Justice Department had taken him into custody, at Trump's direction, for information regarding Bill Clinton who had flown multiple times on his private jet.
According to Wolff, "The White House was looking to press an longtime Republican obsession and Trump ace in the-hole, and get Epstein flip and reveal the sexual secrets of Bill Clinton's," Wolff wrote.
"Trump was obsessed with Clinton if he had such a thing, and he did. But he also was obsessed with Epstein's knowledge about Clinton."
Epstein believed that New York prosecutors investigating Trump's business dealings might have ordered Epstein's arrest in order to "pressure him into flipping on Trump," Wolff reports in the book.
Wolff stated that there were many possible holes in these theories, but Epstein believes that there could have been a "deal to be done," according to The Daily Mail.
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Wolff said that Epstein visited him at his New York City mansion, which is worth $75 million, months before his death.
Wolff visited Steve Bannon, who allegedly called Epstein over the phone and said that he feared him during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign because he believed the financier knew secret information about Trump.
Epstein was told by Bannon that he was the only person he was afraid of during campaign.
Epstein replied, "As well as you should have," he said.
Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-a-Lago 1992. NBC
In 2016, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Steve Bannon became the president's chief strategist for the first seven months.
Wolff claims in his book that Jeffrey Epstein received media training from Bannon in 2019 for a possible 60 Minutes interview. This did not happen.
Bannon confirmed that he spent over 15 hours recording practice interviews for Epstein. However, he disagreed with some Wolff's descriptions of the conversations.
Wolff claimed that Epstein told him that he believed Trump was a "moron", and that Attorney General Bill Barr was in control of the house during his visit, according to The Daily Mail.
Wolff claims Epstein stated that things were starting to go wrong after he and Trump tried to buy a Palm Beach mansion. Trump lost it.
The paper reported that Epstein stated that he believed Trump had "cultivated", the Palm Beach police to investigate him.
Wolff claimed that Ehud Barak, the former Israeli Prime Minister, was also at Epstein's home when he visited. The Daily Mail reported this.
Michael Wolff is the author of several books on Donald Trump's presidency including the bestseller "Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House."
Wolff has been questioned by some for his journalistic credibility. Some argue that Wolff's novel-like writing frequently obscures where he obtained specific anecdotes or information.
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