Fact Check: Does Photo Show Chief Justice John Roberts on Jeffrey Epstein's Private Island?

On Thursday, Donald Trump and QAnon supporting attorney Lin Wood posted a series of tweets attacking Chief Justice John Roberts in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to throw out yet another bid to overturn the election results.

Among some of the tweets posted by Wood, who has an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan "where he go one we go all" in his Twitter bio, included an unsubstantiated claim that Roberts had a phonecall last year with Justice Stephen Breyer suggesting that he would "make sure" Trump lost the election.

Wood also repeated suggestions that Roberts has links to Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in his jail cell in August 2019.

The Claim

Wood, who is attempting to prove Trump's disputed claims of widespread election fraud along with fellow QAnon-supporting attorney Sidney Powell, brought up previous allegations against Roberts that he flew on Epstein's private jet and is associated with the billionaire child sex offender.

The claim surrounds a "John Roberts" which appears in the court-released documents containing flight logs for Epstein's private jet.

"I have long had questions about 'the John Roberts' on Jeffrey Epstein private jet flight logs. I suspected it was our Chief Justice. MSM [mainstream media] has shown no interest in investigating the issue to find TRUTH," Wood tweeted to his 819,000 followers.

"America is now entitled to know the answer. Every lie will be revealed."

Wood then demanded that Roberts answer whether it is him who appears on the flight logs.

"We The People are entitled to answers. You work for us, Justice Roberts. Answer these questions. They will not go away. You cannot fly TRUTH away on Epstein jet."

In response, several Twitter users posted a photograph which they claim to be showing Roberts and former president Bill Clinton and others swimming in the sea just off Epstein's private Caribbean island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Little St James.

Little St James, dubbed "Pedophile Island," is where Epstein is alleged to have trafficked and sexually abused young women and girls for years.

Well...we already know the answer to question number one. pic.twitter.com/qDTq0qEwW3

— Bryan Mace (@BryanMace5) December 18, 2020

The Facts

The photograph which claims to be Roberts and Clinton at Little St.James is actually of the former president's trip to the Dominican Republic in 2017, which Roberts was not a part of.

The relationship between Clinton and Epstein has already been widely documented.

While there is indeed a "John Roberts" listed on page 562 of the Epstein documents which show his flight logs, there is no other indication that it is the Supreme Court judge except for fact they share what is a very common name.

For example, a different John Roberts is the chief White House correspondent for Fox News. Back when the flight logs were revealed in August 2019 he tweeted: "To anyone who thinks this might be me, I did not know Epstein, never met him, and certainly never flew on any of his aircraft."

To anyone who thinks this might be me, I did not know Epstein, never met him, and certainly never flew on any of his aircraft. pic.twitter.com/sakGSDZTE4

— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) August 14, 2019

There is no other evidence to suggest that Roberts has any connection to Epstein, and Roberts has never felt the need to deny that it is him.

The Ruling


A photograph which claims to back up the suggestion has been shown to be a hoax as it does not show Roberts, nor was it taken on Little St. James. The only passable link to suggest Justice Roberts visited Epstein's private island is the name "John Roberts" on flight logs where there is zero evidence it is the Supreme Court Chief Justice.

John Roberts
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks before presenting US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the American Law Institute's Henry J. Friendly Medal in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2018. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty
False: The claim is demonstrably false. Primary source evidence proves the claim to be false.
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