According to a new book by Michael Wolff, which was revealed by The Daily Mail, Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing secrets about former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
The disgraced banker and convicted sex offender was arrested on sex trafficking charges in July 2019 and committed suicide a month later in his jail cell.
In Michael Wolff’s new book, “Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Damned, the Notorious – Twenty Years of Columns, Essays, and Reporting,” he reveals Epstein’s thinking in his final few months.
According to the book, Epstein felt that the Justice Department had arrested him on the orders of then-President Donald Trump in order to obtain information on Bill Clinton, who had flown on his private jet several times.
According to The Daily Mail, “the White House, through the Justice Department, was trying to press a longtime Republican obsession, and Trump ace-in-the-hole, and persuade Epstein to flip and expose Bill Clinton’s sex secrets.”
“Trump, if he was obsessed with Clinton, which he was, was also obsessed with what Epstein knew about Clinton.'”
Epstein also suspected that New York prosecutors investigating Trump’s business dealings had ordered his incarceration in order to “push him to flip on Trump,” as Wolff alleges in the book.
According to The Daily Mail, Wolff stated that there were “many likely holes in these theories,” but Epstein believed that there could have been “a deal to be made.”
According to The Daily Mail, Wolff said that he visited Epstein at his iconic $75 million mansions in New York City months before his death.
During Wolff’s visit, Steve Bannon allegedly called Epstein and told him that he frightened him during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign because he suspected the financier of knowing secrets about Trump.
“You were the only person I was afraid of during the campaign,” Bannon told Epstein.
“As well you should have been,” Epstein reportedly replied.
In 2016, Steve Bannon was Donald Trump’s campaign manager, and he later became the president’s chief strategist for the first seven months of his first administration.
In his book, Wolff also claims that in 2019, Bannon provided media training to Jeffrey Epstein in preparation for a possible 60 Minutes interview, which did not take place.
Although Bannon confirmed that he spent more than 15 hours filming practice interviews with Epstein, he contested certain of Wolff’s interpretations of the conversations.
Wolff claimed that during his visit to Epstein’s home, the sex offender told him that Trump was a “moron” and that Attorney General Bill Barr was truly in charge, according to The Daily Mail.
According to Wolff, Epstein stated that things began to fall apart when he and Trump attempted to purchase a property in Palm Beach, Florida, which he lost to Trump.
Following that, Epstein stated that he believed Trump had “cultivated” the Palm Beach police to investigate him, according to the article.
According to The Daily Mail, Wolff stated that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was also present at Epstein’s house when he visited.
Michael Wolff is the best-selling author of multiple books regarding Donald Trump’s presidency, including “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Some have questioned Wolff’s journalistic credibility, claiming that his novel-like style sometimes obscures the source of individual anecdotes and information.