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Chelsea Clinton hung out with Ghislaine Maxwell ‘for access to yachts & homes’ & Bill ‘visited Epstein’s private island’

CHELSEA Clinton allegedly turned a blind eye to Ghislaine Maxwell's close ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a shocking new report.

Doug Band, who was one of former president Bill Clinton's closest aides and confidants, says Chelsea hung out with Maxwell to get “access to the billionaire’s yachts and homes."

The startling revelations – including Band's allegation that Bill Clinton visited Epstein's private island – are in a new Vanity Fair article from special correspondent Gabriel Sherman.

Band also said that Chelsea had ties to Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell.

The Brit socialite is currently awaiting trial for allegedly taking part in the sex trafficking operation orchestrated by convicted sex offender Epstein - an accusation that she has denied.

Band showed Sherman a photo of Bill and Chelsea posing with Epstein and Maxwell at the King of Morocco’s wedding.

He told him that Chelsea remained friends with Maxwell for years after the press revealed Maxwell was a close associate of Epstein’s.

"For instance, Chelsea invited Maxwell to her 2010 wedding at the Brooke Astor estate in Rhinebeck, New York, after Epstein had pleaded guilty in Florida to procuring sex from a minor," Sherman alleges.

“Ghislaine had access to yachts and nice homes. Chelsea needed that,” Band told the VF writer.

A Clinton family spokesperson told Sherman that Chelsea had been on friendly terms with Maxwell because of a mutual friend.

She only took one yacht trip with Maxwell in 2009: “It wasn’t until 2015 that Chelsea became aware of the horrific allegations against Ghislaine Maxwell and she hopes that all the victims find justice.

"Chelsea was friendly with her because of Maxwell’s relationship with a dear friend.

"When that relationship ended, Chelsea’s relationship with her ended as well," the spokesperson added.

Band recalled instructing Bill Clinton’s office to bar Maxwell from all Clintonworld events in October 2011.

“I knew in telling everyone to stop including Ghislaine that Chelsea and her father would be very angry.

"It made it harder for them to justify being close to her,” Band told Sherman in the rare interview.

Band was a major part of Clinton's world for 20 years, until the relationship soured and ruined a closeness that was described as being a father-son type of connection.

Sherman describes how, despite the men's fallout several years ago, Band's office still has photos of them playing golf with Barack Obama, posing backstage with Michael Jackson, and meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il.

Band started working for Clinton at the age of 22 as an unpaid intern in the White House counsel’s office.

He gradually "took on a role that was equal parts fixer, gatekeeper, wingman, consigliere, and adopted son," writes Sherman.

Clinton and Band even "circled the globe in a private jet with a Rat Pack of billionaires that included movie producer Steve Bing, and, infamously, Jeffrey Epstein", he adds.

Asked to divulge more details of the latter, Band told Sherman he had fruitlessly tried to push Epstein out of Clinton’s "orbit ever since their much-discussed 2002 trip to Africa aboard Epstein’s private 727, dubbed the 'Lolita Express'."

Epstein - who died by suicide in a New York prison cell in 2019 - is alleged to have used his jet to court underage girls and fly them between his residences across the US.

Band told Sherman he had no clue about Epstein’s sex crimes back then, but he was alerted by "enough bad vibes that he advised Clinton to end the relationship."

Despite his warning, his boss continued to socialize with Epstein and "take his money," alleged Band.

"In 2006 Epstein donated $25,000 to the [charity] Clinton Foundation," Sherman adds.

Clinton allegedly made more than two dozen trips on Epstein’s jet around this time, Epstein’s flight logs show, according to Sherman.

In January 2003, Band alleged, Clinton visited Epstein’s private island, Little St. James.

Band explained it was one of the few trips he declined to join his boss on.

However, this claim has been disputed by a Clinton spokesperson.

They told Sherman that Clinton had never been to the island, and provided detailed travelogue entries of the period in question that did not include a visit, the writer points out.

In 2019, the New York Times reported that Clinton had denied having a close relationship with Epstein.

His office said in a statement that Clinton “knows nothing about the terrible crimes” that the pervert was accused of, and that he had not spoken to Epstein in more than a decade.

There is no evidence to suggest Clinton is linked to the underage sex investigation.

With Band and Clinton going their own ways in 2015, the ex-president's spokesperson slammed the ex-aide.

They told Sherman, “for many years he was a valuable member of President Clinton’s team and supportive of Clinton Foundation programs. Until he wasn’t.

"He put the foundation at risk by leveraging a world-class philanthropy for his own financial gain.

"It’s as disappointing a story as it is a sad one and ultimately why Doug Band and the Clintons parted ways.”

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