Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell Took Undisclosed Trip Together in 2003—Podcast

Bill Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell took a trip to India together in 2003, a new podcast has claimed.

In Chasing Ghislaine: The Untold Story of the Woman in Epstein's Shadow, investigative journalist Vicky Ward alleges that the British socialite joined the former president on a visit to the Taj Mahal.

On this trip, Ward claims that Maxwell and Clinton traveled on a private jet owned by billionaire Ron Burkle, as part of the former president's work with the Clinton Foundation.

This visit had been previously undisclosed, according to Ward, whose podcast was released on Thursday on Audible.

"Remember, Clinton's post-presidency was an exciting, very attractive place to be. He and an entourage went on fascinating trips to Europe, to Asia, to Africa and he met with extremely interesting people," Ward said.

"Now, records I've seen recently show that in 2003, Ghislaine visited the Taj Mahal with Bill Clinton and a group of around 20 others.

"This trip has not previously been reported. Jeffrey wasn't on it. And that was key in cementing Ghislaine's rise as a VIP in her own right in Clinton World, according to sources close to Bill Clinton."

A 2003 statement on the Clinton Foundation's website—issued to mark World AIDS Day on December 1—mentions a recent visit to India by the former president, as part of a "trip around the world during which I focused on the importance of global cooperation in the fight against AIDS."

According to flight logs that Ward claims to have obtained, Clinton is also alleged to have taken at least 26 trips on the private jet of Maxwell's friend Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who died in jail in 2019.

Ward's podcast claims that the former president took trips on Epstein's jet—the notorious "Lolita Express"—in 2005 to visit Japan, Taiwan and China.

Maxwell is currently awaiting trial in New York on charges of procuring and trafficking underage girls for Epstein. She has denied all the charges against her.

Ward's podcast claims that Maxwell was trying to distance herself from Epstein in the early 2000s and attempted to use Clinton to cement herself as a VIP in her own right.

In the podcast, the journalist said: "I've also only recently learned from sources close to Bill Clinton that he and his post-presidency staff considered Ghislaine to be just as important as Jeffrey—if not more so.

"She was the go-to person for 'financial asks' for Jeffrey's money by the Clinton Foundation and then the Global Initiative."

Newsweek has reached out to Bill Clinton's representatives and Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys for comment.

Chasing Ghislaine is available to stream on Audible now.

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