Given the recent news that Trump and both of his sons have been photographed with the (Trump campaign contributor) one time owner of the massage parlor where Trump friend Robert Kraft was arrested for soliciting victims of sex trafficking, I thought it was interesting that this makes at least two more associates involved in sex crimes. I won’t get into convicted pedophile George Nader, but I wanted to see if Trump had any relationship with Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, so I checked through old newspapers to see if they might have known each other outside of Epstein. It appears they did:
(Some of the links are subscription only, but are provided for accuracy)
[NY Daily News – May 5, 1989](https://www.newspapers.com/image/466968405/?terms=%22Ghislaine%2BMaxwell%22%2B%22donald%2Btrump%22): “Everybody, but everybody at the party aboard British media mogul Robert Maxwell’s yacht Wednesday night had to doff their shoes before boarding the plush-carpeted “Lady Ghislaine.” Maxwell insisted, and his guests cooperated, including Donald Trump (minus Ivana), who has a much bigger yacht and was happy to compare notes with Maxwell. [Note: This is in reference to the [Kingdom 5KR](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_5KR), originally owned by Adnan Khashoggi, international arms dealer and uncle of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.] There were John Tower [Republican Senator in charge of the Tower Commission, which investigated Iran Contra]; ex-Navy secretary John Lehman [Reagan appointee 1981-1987], now with Paine Webber; lawyer Tom Bolan [law partner of Roy Cohn]; literary agent Mort Janklow [clients include both Nancy and Ronald Reagan for their memoirs]; UN envoy Thomas Pickering [currently a board member at the world’s biggest pipe company, OAO TMK, in Moscow and Chairman of the Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya Foundation, “a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that supports programs to improve the health of children worldwide”]; and Peter Kalikow, owner of the New York Post [awarded the Israel Peace Medal in 1982; created a super PAC for Herman Cain that was later revealed to be entirely financed by his donations]; Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine, and his niece, Helene Atkin of Macmillan, the publishing house Maxwell recently took over.”
Note: [This sentence wasn’t in the Daily News article but shows up in a St Louis Dispatch piece a week later](https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9383143/donald_trump_and_ghislaine_maxwell_on/): “Maxwell, who weighs about 300 pounds, went over the guest list personally.”
“No one could tell who didn’t make the final list, but we do know that Martha Smilgis of Time was disinvited by David Adler, public relations chief at Macmillan. She wrote the [profile of Maxwell](http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,956389,00.html) which he apparently did not like.”
Who was Ghislaine’s father?
[Ian Robert Maxwell](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Maxwell)
“MC (10 June 1923 – 5 November 1991), born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch, was a British media proprietor and Member of Parliament (MP). Originally from Czechoslovakia, Maxwell rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire….Maxwell had a flamboyant lifestyle, living in Headington Hill Hall in Oxford, from which he often flew in his helicopter, and sailing in his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine. He was notably litigious and often embroiled in controversy, including about his support for Israel at the time of the 1948 Palestine war. In 1989, he had to sell successful businesses, including Pergamon Press, to cover some of his debts. In 1991, his body was discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean, having fallen overboard from his yacht. He was buried in Jerusalem. Maxwell’s death triggered the collapse of his publishing empire as banks called in loans. His sons briefly attempted to keep the business together, but failed as the news emerged that the elder Maxwell had stolen hundreds of millions of pounds from his own companies’ pension funds. The Maxwell companies applied for bankruptcy protection in 1992.
…Shortly before Maxwell’s death, a former employee of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate, Ari Ben-Menashe, approached a number of news organisations in Britain and the U.S. with the allegation that Maxwell and the Daily Mirror’s foreign editor, Nicholas Davies, were both long-time agents for Mossad. Ben-Menashe also claimed that in 1986, Maxwell had told the Israeli Embassy in London that Mordechai Vanunu had given information about Israel’s nuclear capability to The Sunday Times, then to the Daily Mirror. Vanunu was subsequently kidnapped by Mossad and smuggled to Israel, convicted of treason and imprisoned for eighteen years.
Ben-Menashe’s story was ignored at first, but eventually The New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh repeated some of the allegations during a press conference in London held to publicise The Samson Option, Hersh’s book about Israel’s nuclear weapons. On 21 October 1991, two MPs, Labour’s George Galloway and the Conservative’s Rupert Allason (also known as espionage author Nigel West), agreed to raise the issue in the House of Commons under Parliamentary Privilege protection, which in turn allowed British newspapers to report events without fear of libel suits. Maxwell called the claims “ludicrous, a total invention” and sacked Davies. A year later, in Galloway’s libel settlement against Mirror Group Newspapers (in which he received “substantial” damages), Galloway’s counsel announced that the MP accepted that the group’s staff had not been involved in Vanunu’s abduction. Galloway himself, however, referred to Maxwell as “one of the worst criminals of the century.
…The Maxwell companies filed for bankruptcy protection in 1992. Kevin Maxwell was declared bankrupt with debts of £400 million. In 1995, Kevin and Ian and two other former directors went on trial for conspiracy to defraud, but were unanimously acquitted by a twelve-man jury in 1996.”
[NY Daily News – February 28, 1993](https://www.newspapers.com/image/471482406/?terms=%22ghislaine%2Bmaxwell%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): The first newspaper article to note Ghislaine’s acquaintance with Jeffrey Epstein, at the opening of MercBar.
After Robert Maxwell’s death, Trump apparently kept in touch with Ghislaine, and was spotted chatting with her at Ford Model’s 50th Anniversary Party, which the article insinuates Trump crashed:
[NY Daily News – October 31, 1997](https://www.newspapers.com/image/477175057/?terms=%22Ghislaine%2BMaxwell%22%2B%22donald%2Btrump%22): Pictured together are Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell, as she “tries to get Donald Trump to focus on the conversation as models saunter by.” “Trump was able to feast his eyes on the likes of Ione Skye, Amanda de Cadet, Christie Brinkley, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, VH1 model-of-the-year Karen Elson, and Dutch treat Daniela Van Graas. But rest easy, model mothers: The developer walked out with only a Travel & Leisure goodie bag.”
[Palm Beach Daily News – June 13, 1999](https://www.newspapers.com/image/299079208/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22)
: Reports that Avenue Magazine lists both Jeffrey Epstein (“rich guy”) and “Mar-A-Lago’s own” Donald Trump as among the 157 most eligible bachelors.
[Palm Beach Post – February 20, 2000](https://www.newspapers.com/image/130017350/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): Donald Trump, now dating Melania Knauss, hosts a pro-am tennis tournament at Mar-A-Lago, which Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend. “One celebrity, however, was not so obvious. Even when Trump announced England’s Prince Andrew, many in the crowd doubted his presence. For one, he stayed in the background, introducing himself as Andrew York, and for two, he’s recently shed 20 pounds, making him a possible double for actor Rupert Everett.” Trump is pictured with Melania and Prince Andrew, while Epstein and Maxwell are photographed with Michael Bolton.
Note: [Miami Herald – November 28, 2018](https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article221404845.html): “For years, Jeffrey Epstein abused teen girls, police say. A timeline of his case” — January 2012: “Virginia Roberts files court papers in Florida claiming that she was forced by Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew and lawyer Alan Dershowitz when she was underage. In a sworn affidavit, she provides photographs of her with the prince and with Epstein’s close associate, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. She claims Maxwell worked as Epstein’s madam, which she denies. Dershowitz and the prince deny her claims as well, setting off a series of legal actions between Dershowitz and Roberts’ attorneys that are later resolved in an out-of-court settlement.”
[Palm Beach Post – November 16, 2004](https://www.newspapers.com/image/134389412/): Trump bids $41.35M to best two other bidders, one of whom was Jeffrey Epstein, for Abe Grosman’s estate.
Note: [Palm Beach Daily News – May 2, 2018](https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/business/real-estate/trump-former-estate-the-story-behind-the-million-mansion-tear-down/5qgtlikl46SX7KXGdtDPUI/): “Trump’s former estate: The story behind the $95-million mansion tear-down” — “The buyer in July 2008 was Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who reportedly has never lived there and last year saw the end of a contentious, and stratospherically expensive, divorce from his ex-wife Elena, the terms of which were undisclosed. Property records give no clue as to whether there was an internal ownership change as a result of the divorce or any other factor.”
[Palm Beach Post – July 24, 2006](https://www.newspapers.com/image/228281272/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): Jeffrey Epstein arrested on solicitation charges and charged with a third degree misdemeanor.
[Palm Beach Post – August 14, 2006](https://www.newspapers.com/image/227810491/?terms=%22Ghislaine%2BMaxwell%22%2B%22donald%2Btrump%22): “Powerful Legal Team Stymies Detectives” — One of the first articles to go into charges against Epstein. Names his political contributions to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, among others. Also includes Trump’s 2002 quote: “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Alan Dershowitz uses the MySpace profiles of the alleged victims to discredit them.
TL;DR: In addition to Epstein, Trump has been an associate of Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, since at least 1989, and Trump was clearly in the social circle of Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew when the alleged abuse occurred.