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Prince Andrew accuser slams ‘ridiculous excuses’

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An American woman who claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew criticised the royal’s “ridiculous excuses” in an interview to be broadcast Monday.

The interview was recorded before Andrew’s own BBC interview, which prompted him to stand down from public duties because of a backlash at his defense of his friendship with Epstein.

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But Virginia Giuffre called on the British public to support her as she dismissed claims initially made by the prince’s backers that a photograph apparently showing him with his arm around her might not be genuine.

“The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses like his arm was elongated or the photo was doctored,” she told the BBC’s Panorama program.

“I’m calling BS (bullshit) on this. He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there’s only one of us telling the truth,” she said in clips released in advance.

Andrew himself doubted the authenticity of the photograph during his badly-received interview, saying “nobody can prove whether or not that photograph has been doctored.”

Giuffre has alleged she was trafficked to have sex with friends of Epstein when she was 17. Epstein was found dead in a New York prison in August awaiting sex trafficking charges.

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She accused Epstein of bringing her to London in 2001, where she was introduced to Andrew and disgraced financier Epstein’s socialite girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

She said the prince asked her for a dance at a nightclub, telling Panorama he was “the most hideous dancer I’ve ever seen in my life.

“His sweat was like it was raining basically everywhere,” she added.

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“I was just like grossed out from it but I knew I had to keep him happy because that’s what Jeffrey and Ghislaine would have expected from me.”

– ‘Ill-judged’ friendship –

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The prince told the BBC that he did not remember the photograph with Giuffre being taken.

He also said he was unable to sweat at the time due to a medical condition he developed after serving as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War in 1982.

After the nightclub, Giuffre — then known as Roberts — said that Maxwell told her: “I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that just made me sick.”

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She and Queen Elizabeth II’s second son later had sex at Maxwell’s house in central London, she alleged.

Andrew, 59, said he did not remember meeting Giuffre and that he “absolutely and categorically” did not have sex with her.

Giuffre said in her interview: “I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK.

“This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked, This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”

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After his BBC interview, Andrew issue statement in which he said “I … unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure”.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said they “emphatically denied that The Duke of York (Andrew) had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.

“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation,” it added.

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Trump announces Rudy Giuliani ‘wants to go before Congress’ and testify about his Ukraine dealings

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President Donald Trump on Saturday said that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wanted to testify before Congress.

Speaking to reporters as he departed for a Republican fundraiser in Florida, Trump praised the former New York City mayor.

"Rudy, as you know, has been one of the great crime fighters of the last 50 years," Trump said of his lawyer, who is reportedly under federal investigation for breaking the law.

"And, he did get back from Europe just recently and I know -- he has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress and say, and also to the attorney general and the Department of Justice," Trump said.

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GOP governors are refusing to do Trump’s bidding and ducking him on the campaign trail: report

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On Saturday, Maggie Haberman of The New York Times profiled how President Donald Trump is having less luck whipping Republican governors into line than Republican senators, including governors who arguably owe their election to his support.

"In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy of Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election," wrote Haberman. "Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull Brian Kemp over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp."

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Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president — Trump may change all that

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President Donald Trump’s refusal to hand over records to Congress and allow executive branch employees to provide information and testimony to Congress during the impeachment battle is the strongest test yet of legal principles that over the past 200 years have not yet been fully defined by U.S. courts.

It’s not the first test: Struggles over power among the political branches predate our Constitution. The framers chose not to, and probably could not, fully resolve them.

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