Britain is under increasing pressure from the United States to extradite Prince Andrew for questioning over allegations of sexual harassment.
Amid claims of frustration over the Duke of York’s stoning, President Biden’s office issued a rare statement.
Officials want the UK to reaffirm its “close and flexible” evidence-sharing relationship. The Justice Department sent a request to the Home Office last year for mutual legal assistance to force Andrew to cooperate.
After questioning Duke, a US government official said: “The United States and the United Kingdom have a close, fruitful and flexible law enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship.
“We are in close contact on many active matters on a daily basis and will continue to seek help in criminal matters as we provide similar assistance in return.”
Andrew, 61, opposes ways to co-operate in the criminal investigation of dead billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged accomplices.
U.S. prosecutors – who are opening Epstein’s massive underage sex trafficking operation – accused Andrew of “zero cooperation” last year.
Reuters news agency reported earlier this month that Andrew Epstein was a “person of interest” in the investigation – led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is considered a “at least” witness.
As part of their investigation, Epstein’s alleged madam, Bert Socialite, 59-year-old Gaselin Maxwell, is accused of buying girls for her ex-boyfriend.
Duke is also facing a civil lawsuit in the United States from a sex slave, Virginia Jeffrey, for allegedly sexually abusing him.
He has vehemently denied the allegations in the past.
His representative declined to comment. The Home Office was also contacted for comment.