Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a 2024 independent presidential candidate, admitted Tuesday that he flew two times on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet and that his former wife had a “relationship” with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s partner.
During a Tuesday interview on Fox News, Jesse Watters asked Kennedy if he had ever flown on Epstein’s private jet. Epstein was charged for sex trafficking underage girls at his private island and died while in jail in 2019.
“I was on Jeffrey Epstein’s jet two times,” Kennedy said. “I was on it in 1993 and I was on it in — and I went to Florida with my wife and two children to visit my mom over Easter. My wife had some kind of relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, and they offered us a ride to Palm Beach.”
According to The New York Post, Epstein’s private jet was nicknamed “Lolita Express” due to its reputation for transporting underage girls to the sex trafficker’s private island.
Kennedy told Watters that he also flew on the plane a second time for a weekend with his wife and four of his children to Rapid City, South Dakota, in order to “go fossil hunting.” “Otherwise, I was never on his jet alone,” Kennedy added.
During Tuesday’s interview, Kennedy claimed that he has been “very open” about his association with Epstein throughout his presidential campaign.
“This was in ’93, so it was 30 years ago — it was before anybody knew about Jeffrey Epstein’s nefarious issues,” Kennedy told Watters.
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While Kennedy claimed he has been “very open” about his connection with Epstein, the independent candidate’s account that he presented Tuesday on Fox News appears to conflict with the account that a spokesman for his campaign shared with Newsweek in November.
Last month, a Kennedy spokesman claimed that the independent candidate had “flown one time on Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane,” in order to visit his mom for Easter. Detailing the Easter trip to see his mom.”Mary knew Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who learned that they were going to Palm Beach for Easter and offered [the] family a ride,” the spokesperson said.
In addition to defending his own connection with Epstein, Kennedy told Waters that the American people should have access to information regarding Epstein’s political and social connections.
“I agree with you that all of this information should be released, and we should get real answers on what happened to Jeffrey Epstein and any of the high-level political people that he was involved with, all of that should be open to the public,” he stated. “It should absolutely be transparent, and I don’t see why any of those records would have any redactions in them. Why would we be hiding that from the American public?”