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Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help With Epstein Case

  • July 05, 2020

The prince’s lawyers at Blackfords shot back in a statement issued early last month. They accused Geoffrey S. Berman, who had served as the United States attorney in Manhattan until being fired late last month, of making “inaccurate” statements about Prince Andrew, suggesting that the prosecutor and his colleagues were “perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance proffered.”

Blackfords did not respond to requests for comment. Mr. Stryk declined to comment.

Mr. Stryk, who is well connected in Trump administration foreign policy circles, owns a company called Sonoran Policy Group, which casts itself as “global private diplomacy” firm. He has developed a reputation in recent years for taking on clients other Washington lobbyists and consultants shy away from.

This year alone, his firm has signed contracts to represent a jailed Saudi prince who had fallen out of favor with his country’s powerful de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the administration of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, which the Trump administration considers illegitimate.

Mr. Stryk represents Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president who is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from a state oil company she once headed. And he had represented the government of the former Congolese president Joseph Kabila, which had faced American sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption.

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