Prince Andrew’s attorneys “consulted Washington lobbyist about helping Jeffrey Epstein deal with the consequences”
Prince Andrew’s attorneys “consulted the Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration about helping Jeffrey Epstein with the consequences”
- Prince Andrew’s lawyers reportedly had conversations with lobbyist Robert Stryk in recent weeks amid an increasing investigation into the Duke’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein
- Stryk has represented many international figures on sensitive legal and diplomatic issues, although it is unclear what he could do to help Prince Andrew
- An insider claims the talks failed because Stryk was uncomfortable intervening in the duke’s situation
Prince Andrew’s lawyers have reportedly consulted a high-profile Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration on potentially helping the Duke of York avoid the consequences of his relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A source familiar with the matter told it New York Times that representatives of London-based law firm Blackfords have been talking to lobbyist Robert Stryk about Prince Andrew in recent weeks.
Stryk has represented a number of international figures on sensitive legal and diplomatic issues, although it is unclear what kind of help he could have offered Prince Andrew.
The Duke has become embroiled in a months-long confrontation with federal prosecutors in New York who have asked to speak to him during their investigation of alleged sex trafficking by Epstein and his associates.
One of the dozens of women reportedly trafficking in sex by Epstein, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims that the financier’s ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell made sure she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 in 2001.
Never charged in the case, Prince Andrew denies Giuffre’s claims and insists that he was unaware of the crimes committed by his old friend Epstein.
Attorneys for Prince Andrew (left) have reportedly consulted DC lobbyist Robert Stryk (right) on potentially helping the Duke of York avoid the consequences of his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew has become embroiled in a months-long confrontation with federal prosecutors in New York who have asked to speak to him during their investigation of alleged sex trafficking by Epstein and his associates. The Duke is depicted with Epstein in Central Park in 2011
Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire last Thursday on charges of seducing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein, and later lying under oath in statements. She denies all charges of crime.
It is believed she could be transferred to the same Manhattan prison where Epstein died of apparent suicide last August pending trial of sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s arrest seemed to increase pressure on Prince Andrew as prosecutors repeatedly criticized him publicly for refusing to agree to an interview on the case.
Prince Andrew has publicly stated through Blackfords that he will assist U.S. officials in any way possible and denied prosecutors that he has offered “no cooperation.”
Blackfords hit back last month by accusing former American lawyer Geoffrey S. Berman of making “inaccurate” statements about their client, suggesting that Berman and colleagues “may have been seeking publicity rather than accepting the help offered” .
Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims that Maxwell caused her to have sex with Prince Andrew at her London town house in 2001. The Duke has unequivocally denied Giuffre’s claims, despite a photo (above) showing the three together that year.
Prince Andrew (left) is depicted with Maxwell (second left) and Epstein (right) in 2000
The Times source indicated that Blackfords began talking to Stryk behind the scenes of their public spit with prosecutors.
The source said that while Stryk has a history of helping clients with unsavory reputations, the lobbyist was “uncomfortable” about interfering with Prince Andrew’s circumstances, causing talks about representation to fail.
Stryk, a former Republican aide who unsuccessfully ran the mayor of Yountville, California, was one of the top Washington lobbyists during the Trump administration.
His company, Sonoran Policy Group, worked in the last election as an unpaid advisor to the Trump campaign and has billed more than $ 10.5 million to overseas customers since early 2017.
In recent years, the company has become known for hiring clients that other consultants in Washington find too hot to deal with.
Among those clients is a Saudi prince who is in prison and fell out of favor with the powerful de facto leader of his country, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Earlier this year, the company signed the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whose regime is considered illegal by the Trump administration.
Stryk also represents Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former President of Angola, who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a state oil company she once ran.
He also represented the government of former Congolese President Joseph Kabila, who faced US sanctions for corruption and human rights abuses.
Stryk did not immediately return messages from DailyMail.com, but declined to comment when approached by the Times about his alleged conversations with Blackfords.
The law firm and representatives of Prince Andrew also did not immediately return messages from DailyMail.com.