There have been reports that the FBI now appears to be looking into Prince Andrew’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
The Bureau has expanded its investigation into identifying more of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking victims, some of whom could provide information on Prince Andrew’s ties to the late financier.
“The U.S. investigation is focusing on several potential victims in the hope that they can provide more details about Prince Andrew and his connection to the Epstein case,” the U.S. Department of Justice has told the press.
“They are not going to dismiss [claims relating to Andrew] because he is a royal.” The FBI is expecting to question about 100 alleged victims, 80 of whom have already been identified, over the next two months.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused Epstein of trafficking her and has alleged that he directed her to have sex with Prince Andrew. The London Sunday Times reports that Giuffre’s allegations are not the only claims being reviewed in relation to Prince Andrew by the FBI. Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, saying they are “false” and “without foundation.”
The FBI also would like to speak to Andrew directly. “There have been active discussions between the FBI and Department of Justice about interviewing Prince Andrew in relation to the Jeffrey Epstein case,” a Justice Department source told The Sunday Times of London.
“If he agrees to an interview, he could potentially provide some very unique and helpful insights and make a considerable difference to the investigation,” the source said.
Despite Epstein’s suicide in a Manhattan federal jail cell in August, the FBI is continuing to probe the millionaire financier’s alleged underage sex-trafficking ring. Investigators are looking at how they would interview Andrew in Britain, The Times said.
A source close to Andrew told The Times that Andrew would be “happy to cooperate” with the FBI.
The Times says that it understands that “Scotland Yard has been briefed on the latest developments by the FBI and its detectives stand ready to assist their American counterparts.”