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President Trump referred repeatedly during an "Axios on HBO" interview to Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison custody, citing it when asked about his prior comments wishing Ghislaine Maxwell good luck in the criminal justice system.

Why it matters: Maxwell has been charged with multiple counts of allegedly helping Epstein sexually abuse minor girls. She was arrested in New Hampshire in early July.

  • Epstein took his own life while in law enforcement custody last August. The cause of death was suicide by hanging, per official autopsy results.

"Her friend or boyfriend was either killed or committed suicide in jail," Trump told Axios' Jonathan Swan in the "Axios on HBO" interview last week.

  • "She's now in jail. Yeah, I wish her well. I'd wish you well. I'd wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty."
  • "Her boyfriend died in jail and people are still trying to figure out how did it happen. Was it suicide? Was he killed?"

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Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Oct 12, 2020 - Economy & Business

Leon Black to investors: "I deeply regret" Epstein involvement

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Wall Street billionaire Leon Black expressed remorse for his personal business and philanthropic relationship with Jeffrey Epstein on Monday in a letter sent to investors and obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: Black's letter follows a bombshell New York Times report that revealed that ties between Black, co-founder and CEO of Apollo Global Management, and Epstein were deeper than previously disclosed, including upward of $75 million changing hands.

Oct 12, 2020 - Podcasts

Jeffrey Epstein's money trail

Jeffrey Epstein died more than a year ago, but the investigation into how he made his money is heating up. The latest is a New York Times report that private equity titan Leon Black might have paid Epstein to up $75 million over the years, which is much more than was previously disclosed.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper with Matthew Goldstein, a New York Times business reporter who co-authored today's story.

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.