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The Washington-based lobbyist declined to represent Prince Andrew, claims from the New York Times

The latest letter was sent after Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the southern New York district, the unit responsible for the Maxwell investigation, was fired by the Donald Trump administration for reasons that are not yet clear. The attorneys had hoped that the removal of Berman, who claimed that the duke was refusing to cooperate, would allow them to open a new communication channel. The duke’s team accused U.S. investigators of violating their privacy rules and misleading the public.

The source, close to the duke, said: “The last letter was sent in the past seven days. It was sent after Berman was fired and shortly before [Maxwell] It arrests. We had no answer. “The source added:” We have communicated our willingness to cooperate with the Justice Department five times, but we do not believe we are being treated fairly in the process. The Duke is the only celebrity constantly mentioned by Berman, but there are others who are important in the United States, yet the first person they want to talk to is a citizen of the United Kingdom. There are many people after whom they might be more interesting. “

On Saturday, The Telegraph obtained a photograph of her seat on the throne in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace after being taken on a private tour – together with Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey – of the palace by the Duke in 2002. The Prince said he did not has “no recollection” of the accident, but this newspaper found that he was definitely there.

It was reported Sunday that more than 20 FBI agents and armed police took part in the operation to arrest Ms. Maxwell on her 156-acre New Hampshire property called Tucked Away, which she purchased last year.

An unnamed police officer told The Mail on Sunday: “We didn’t knock politely on the door. It was destroyed. Maxwell was standing and dressed, in the living room, wearing sweatpants and a top. Strangely, he didn’t show much reaction. It was like she wasn’t registering. She was turned quickly and handcuffed. She was in custody in seconds. “

The war of words between the prosecutor and the duke intensified after Audrey Strauss, who temporarily took Berman’s place, told a press conference that he would “welcome Prince Andrew who comes to speak with us, we would like to have the benefit of your statement. “

The Ministry of Interior is considering a request from the United States prosecutor’s office to agree to help with his investigations by facilitating an interview with Prince Andrew under oath that would likely take place at his attorney’s offices in London. However, Prince’s team said they were willing to help voluntarily and that such a request under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty is not necessary.

It is understood that the Duke is willing to provide a statement on his relationship with Epstein and Maxwell, but has already told the BBC BBC that he was unaware of any criminal activity when he was staying in Epstein’s homes and that he did not remember ever having met Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman who claims to have been forced to have sex with him when she was 17, a claim that vehemently denies.

Last Sunday Roberts Giuffre, who listened to Mrs Maxwell’s first appearance in court, said: “Prince Andrew should be panicked at the moment because Ghislaine doesn’t really care about anyone other than Ghislaine.”

Epstein committed suicide in August 2019 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, leaving Maxwell at the center of the investigation.

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