As we reported yesterday, there have been no accusations of illegal activity by Bill Clinton in the Epstein documents released via the Virginia Giuffre case against Ghislaine Maxwell.
However, a report is blowing up all over the place right now that Bill Clinton allegedly stormed into the offices of Vanity Fair over a story that was going to be released on Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre had reportedly had an email exchange with a journalist from the Daily Mail. The journalist, Sharon Churcher, was trying to help Giuffre land a book deal at the time.
It was also during this time that Vanity Fair was reportedly researching a possible story about Epstein and his involvement in a human trafficking scheme. The journalist writing the piece was Vicky Ward, who revealed to The New Yorker in 2022 that the article had been killed by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who had allegedly been talking to Epstein behind the scenes. Ward also stated that Epstein had threatened her. Ward claims Epstein told her:
“I have reports here about you, your husband—I have everything under the sun that was sent to me by people who want to be helpful.”
In an email to Churcher, Giuffre noted that she had been doing some research when she had heard Bill Clinton made threats at Vanity Fair over the article about Epstein. Her email stated:
“When I was doing some research into VF yesterday, it does concern me what they could want to write about me considering that B.Clinton walked into VF and threatened them not to write sex-trafficing [sic] articles about his good friend J.E.”
There was no information where Giuffre got her information, but, ironically, Graydon Carter, the editor that killed Ward’s story, claims this never happened, stating:
“This categorically did not happen.”
This is a huge mess for Bill Clinton, but there is a possible out for him here. Ward does not have the best reputation as a journalist, with Carter telling The New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner that he “distrusted” her as a journalist. Chotiner also commented on his conversations with Ward, writing:
“Ward and I spoke on the phone, and I asked her to forward e-mails that could verify some of her claims about Vanity Fair. Many of the things that she told me—and had told her podcast listeners—turned out to be untrue.”
Having said that, however, Chotiner admitted that there was definitely something to the story, and he regretted not having pursued those stories more at the time.
This little tidbit is what I would suspect most publications are going to run with right now because it would undermine everything that Bill Clinton has said about Epstein in the past. If the two of them were this close that Clinton took up the case with Vanity Fair personally, the assumption is going to be that Bill did it because he would be worried about what would come out about him as well. Now, we just need to prove it happened.
UPDATED 1.5.2024 6:00 p.m. CST - A new report revealed that Giuffre was likely mistaken in her claim, that it was likely Jeffrey Epstein who charged in Vanity Fair's offices, not Bill Clinton. You can read the full report here.