Monday 3 October 2022 10:21 PM Anxious Donald Trump asked his aides if Ghislaine Maxwell had mentioned him ... trends now
The former President asked his inner circle: 'She say anything about me?' referring to the British socialite who he used to party with.
Trump's interest was piqued by an article published in July 2020 in the New York Post which said Maxwell would 'name names.'
He twice pressed his aides who were left in stunned silence, reports New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman in her blockbuster book about Trump.
The anecdote in Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, which is out Tuesday, suggests Trump was nervous that he might get swept up in the investigation into Maxwell.
Donald Trump asked his inner circle: 'She say anything about me?' referring to Ghislaine Maxwell just after her arrest for sex trafficking, a new book claims. They are pictured together in 2000
Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell knew each other as far back as the 1990s. Pictured together in February 2000 with Trump's wife Melania
The anecdote suggests Trump was nervous he may get swept up in the investigation into Maxwell, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison
Maxwell went on trial last year and sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty.
At no point did she cooperate with the prosecution and give up information about famous men she associated with, including Trump who once called Epstein a 'terrific guy'.
According to 'Confidence Man', in July 2020 the Post article ran saying that Maxwell would cooperate with prosecutors to save herself.
New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman tells the anecdote in her blockbuster new book about Trump, Confidence Man
Steven Hoffenberg, a former business associate of Epstein's said in the report: 'She's going to be naming some big names - not only in terms of those who abused underage girls at Epstein's parties - but also those who made financial agreements with Epstein or benefited from his generosity, including flying on his plane and staying at his homes'.
Hoffenberg added: 'Ghislaine thought she was untouchable - that she'd be protected by the intelligence communities she and Jeffrey helped with information: the Israeli intelligence services, and Les Wexner, who has given millions to Israel; by Prince Andrew, President Clinton and even by President Trump, who was well-known to be an acquaintance of her and Epstein's'.
According to Haberman, Trump was sitting in the Oval Office with his top advisers and said: 'You see that article in the Post today that mentioned me?'
The aides sat in