Lawyer Common William Barr mentioned the FBI “positively” desires to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged fixer Ghislaine Maxwell — however that the investigation involving the late pedophile will proceed even with out the royal’s cooperation, in line with a report.
“Undoubtedly the (Justice Division) desires to speak to Prince Andrew, that’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to speak and to rearrange an interview with him,” Barr mentioned in an interview with ABC Information.
“The division is speaking with him and made it clear that we’d wish to interview him,” he added.
Federal prosecutors within the Huge Apple have formally requested testimony from the Duke of York as a part of the prison probe into Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators, two sources aware of the matter have informed the outlet.
Ex-Manhattan US Lawyer Geoffrey Berman final month criticized Andrew’s failure to cooperate with investigators.
“If Prince Andrew is, the truth is, critical about cooperating with the continued federal investigation, our doorways stay open, and we await phrase of once we ought to count on him,” mentioned Berman, who stepped down after a standoff with the AG.
Andrew’s authorized group insists that he has persistently provided to cooperate with the feds, saying final month in a press release that the prince had “on at the very least three events this yr provided his help as a witness to the DOJ,” in line with ABC Information.
A supply informed the outlet that the feds requested Andrew for his cooperation in early January, and his attorneys responded by opening discussions about how he would supply the testimony.
They have been left “slack jawed” when Berman later introduced that Andrew had provided “zero cooperation,” in line with ABC Information, which reported that Audrey Strauss, the performing US lawyer for the Southern District of New York, additionally has appealed for Andrew’s testimony.
A supply near Andrew informed ABC Information that his group has “twice communicated with the DOJ within the final month, and to-date, we now have had no response.”
The prince is alleged to have been rattled by the latest arrest of Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged procuress, on expenses that embody alleged intercourse crimes in her London townhouse — the place the prince has individually been accused by an Epstein “intercourse slave” of sleeping together with her when she was 17, the Mirror has reported.
Andrew has forcefully denied the allegations.
It’s unclear whether or not Maxwell will cooperate with prosecutors, however at the very least one lawyer who represents a number of of her accusers has prompt that Andrew may very well be implicated if she does.
Lawyer Gloria Allred mentioned at a press convention Monday that the prince ought to converse with federal prosecutors in New York earlier than Maxwell does.
Barr, in the meantime, informed ABC Information that he has requested these answerable for Maxwell’s security whereas locked up on the Metropolitan Detention Middle in Brooklyn to relay “particularly the protocols they’re following, and we now have a lot of redundancy methods to watch the scenario.”
Epstein dedicated suicide in his Manhattan jail cell 11 months in the past as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking expenses.
“I imagine very strongly in that case and I used to be very happy with the work accomplished by the division, the Southern District, on that case,” Barr informed ABC Information.
“And as you’ll recall, after he dedicated suicide, I mentioned that I used to be assured that we might proceed to pursue this case vigorously and — pursue anybody who’s complicit in it,” he added. “And so I’m very blissful that we have been in a position to get Miss Maxwell.”
The previous British socialite is scheduled for a distant detention listening to on Tuesday.