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DOJ demands UK surrender Prince Andrew for questioning: Report
Prosecutors want to interview Prince Andrew as part of Epstein investigation
New York federal prosecutors say they have gotten zero cooperation from Prince Andrew in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation.
U.S. justice officials are demanding that the U.K. make Prince Andrew available for questioning as part of a criminal investigation into his involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – a big step in the long-running probe into the disgraced financier's associates’ alleged sex crimes, according to a recent report.
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The Department of Justice notified the British Home Office, rather than Buckingham Palace, that the 60-year-old Duke of York is now involved in the criminal investigation connected with Epstein, who died in August after being found dead in his New York City jail cell, The Sun U.K. reported. Justice Department officials have reportedly said they've been unsuccessful in their attempts to interview him.
The Home Office is responsible for keeping "citizens safe and the country secure," according to its website.
Andrew has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. He was previously thought to be the subject of only a civil investigation that stemmed from his decade-long friendship with Epstein, who was worth more than $575 million at the time of his death.
On Monday, the Daily Mail reported the duke would soon be firing back against the DOJ by revealing his team's correspondence with the U.S. agency to disprove claims he had been uncooperative.
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"Legal discussions with the Department of Justice are subject to strict confidentiality rules, as set out in their own guidelines," a source close to Andrew's attorneys told the Mail. "We have chosen to abide by both the letter and the spirit of these rules, which is why we have made no comment about anything related to the Department of Justice during the course of this year. We believe in playing a straight bat."