Donald Trump Says He 'Wishes Ghislaine Maxwell Well' As She Awaits Child Sex Trafficking Trial
Donald Trump has raised some eyebrows after saying he wishes Ghilslaine Maxwell 'well' as she awaits her trial on the sex trafficking of minors.
Maxwell, 58, was arrested in New Hampshire earlier this month and has since been charged with facilitating the sexual abuse of underage girls by Jeffrey Epstein.
Six charges have been brought forward by the FBI, with the others including the transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and perjury charges for statements she made in regards to Epstein's alleged trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
Each charge has a maximum penalty of five years in jail, however the charge of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity has a 10 year maximum penalty.
As she awaits her trial, there have been rumours circulating that Maxwell will name some big names.
A reporter at a White House press briefing asked Donald Trump: "Ghislaine Maxwell is in prison, and a lot of people want to know if she's going to turn in powerful people. I know you've talked in the past about Prince Andrew, and you've criticised Bill Clinton's behaviour.
"I'm wondering, do you feel that she's going to turn in powerful men? How do you see that working out?"
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The US President replied with: "I don't know, I haven't really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly.
"I have met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach. And I guess they [Maxwell and Epstein] lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.
"I don't know the situation with Prince Andrew. I'm just not aware of it."
Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. She first appeared in court on July 14 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Her defence team tried to get her bail with a US $5 million bond, which also included monitored home confinement until her trial began. They also argued she was at risk of catching coronavirus while in detention.
However, that request was denied as she was deemed a 'flight risk' considering she has passports from France and the United Kingdom and the prosecution argued that she had a skills at living in hiding and had 'completely opaque finances'. France also doesn't extradite its citizens.
The judge has set a trial date for 12 July next year and it is expected to last for two weeks.
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