The Manhattan US attorney ripped Prince Andrew on Monday after the royal’s attorneys claimed that their shopper has been providing to speak to the feds about his pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein, to no avail.
“At this time, Prince Andrew but once more sought to falsely painting himself to the general public as keen and prepared to cooperate with an ongoing federal legal investigation into sex-trafficking and associated offenses dedicated by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates, regardless that the Prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview, and almost 4 months in the past knowledgeable us unequivocally – via the exact same counsel who issued at the moment’s launch – that he wouldn’t are available for such an interview,” US Attorney Geoffrey Berman mentioned in a blistering assertion.
“If Prince Andrew is, in actual fact, critical about cooperating with the continuing federal investigation, our doorways stay open, and we await phrase of once we ought to anticipate him,” the highest federal prosecutor mentioned.
The verbal back-and-forth got here a day after it was reported that US prosecutors are demanding the UK hand over the prince for questioning.
The US Division of Justice just lately bypassed Buckingham Palace by submitting a “mutual authorized help” request to the UK House Workplace to pressure the disgraced royal to testify, in keeping with The Solar.
The transfer prompted the prince’s attorneys to subject an announcement early Monday insisting that “the Duke of York has on not less than three events this yr supplied his help as a witness” within the sex-trafficking case involving the late multimillionaire financier Epstein.
Epstein hanged himself in federal lockup in Manhattan in August whereas awaiting trial — however there are alleged co-conspirators that the feds are reportedly eyeing within the case.
Andrew has not been named as a co-conspirator, though he has been accused of sexually abusing a few of Epstein’s victims — claims he has vehemently denied.
His authorized consultant group, Blackfords LLP, mentioned Monday that the disgraced royal has had a “need to offer cooperation” to assist Epstein’s victims however that the feds have proven little interest in what he has to say, then publicly claimed he’s the one holding again.
“In doing so, they’re maybe searching for publicity slightly than accepting the help proffered,” the prince’s authorized staff mentioned.
“Importantly, the DOJ suggested us that the Duke isn’t and has by no means been a ‘goal’ of their legal investigations into Epstein and that they sought his confidential, voluntary co-operation,” Blackfords mentioned.