A new book by former CBS producer Ira Rosen, titled “Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes,” is shedding new light on the sordid web surrounding the late Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. The book reveals startling claims that Maxwell, currently facing charges related to her alleged involvement in Epstein’s illicit activities, refused to disclose the location of sex tapes involving former President Bill Clinton. The reason, as per Rosen’s account, was to protect Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Maxwell is currently in prison, facing charges that include conspiracy, enticement of a minor, transporting minors for illegal sex acts, and perjury, all tied to allegations of procuring underage victims for Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking. With her trial scheduled for July 2021, Maxwell denies all charges, potentially facing up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
According to the Daily Mail’s report on Rosen’s book, the former CBS producer recounts a conversation with Maxwell in 2016, where he sought footage of Donald Trump that Epstein might have recorded. In response, Maxwell allegedly implied the existence of tapes featuring Bill Clinton but refused to divulge their whereabouts.
“I want the tapes. I know [Epstein] was videotaping everyone, and I want the tapes of Trump with the girls,” Rosen said during the meeting.
Maxwell’s response, as detailed by Rosen, was, “I don’t know where they are,” leading him to believe that she was acknowledging the existence of such tapes.
In a tense exchange, Rosen pressed Maxwell, expressing concern about the potential impact of the tapes on the 2016 election. “Trump could be elected president, and how would you feel if those tapes emerged after he was in office?” Rosen reportedly asked.
Maxwell, however, remained steadfast, emphasizing her stance by pointing a finger at Rosen. “I am the daughter of a press baron. I know the way you people think. If you do one side, you must do the other. If you get the tapes on Trump, you have to do Clinton,” she reportedly said.
According to Rosen’s account, Maxwell, who did not want Trump elected, believed Hillary Clinton was comfortably ahead in the race, seeing no need for the potentially damaging story to come to light. Moreover, Maxwell claimed that Epstein never disclosed the location of the tapes to her.