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Virgin Islands' former attorney general says she was pressured to allow Jeffrey Epstein on the islands, Epstein had 'political influence' over the governor

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The former attorney general of the Virgin Islands claimed under oath that Jeffrey Epstein wielded "political influence" over the governor of the islands and also said the governor pressured her to allow Epstein entry despite his status as a sex offender.

According to court documents revealed by Lee Fang, former Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George said she was pressured in 2019 to issue a special waiver to Epstein, which she declined to do.

George said that Governor Albert Bryan Jr. repeatedly pressured her to issue the travel waiver, and when asked if she found Bryan's contact with her to be "improper," she said, "I do."

“Just the fact that he as a sex offender got the governor to come to me for that request,” George said, was “unusual.”

George added that Epstein appeared to have been “flexing his political influence over or with the governor in an effort to get a favorable result in what I considered to be definitely a law enforcement issue.”

The attorney general was fired by the governor in December 2022, just four days after her office sued major bank JPMorgan Chase. The estate had also agreed to a settlement with the Virgin Islands worth more than $100 million.

As part of the massive settlement, the estate was to sell two private islands to independent third parties and give half the proceeds to the territory — the infamous Little St. James and Great St. James.

The sale, according to authorities, would ensure the islands were not used for "illicit purposes."

The latest court filings also stated that Epstein used political pressure as far back as 2011 after the Virgin Islands were set to change their sex offender registry laws to comply with federal standards.

The changes would have caused problems for Epstein due to his prior 2008 charges and labeled him a sex offender. However, through lobbying and legal aid, Epstein's circle allegedly put forth legislation that would allow for the aforementioned waivers to be used.

The legislation reportedly passed with many of the suggestions from Epstein's legal team implemented word for word. The changes gave the attorney general the ability to provide a waiver for sex offenders that exempts them from 21-day travel notifications, in which they must provide information about with whom they are traveling with.

Governor Bryan’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation, nor Law & Crime. TheBlaze has also reached out for comment and will update this story with any reply from the governor's office.

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