Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent candidate in the 2024 presidential race, has made surprising admissions about his connections with the late Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. In a televised interview with Fox News' Jesse Watters, Kennedy disclosed that he had flown on Epstein's private jet, known as the "Lolita Express," on two occasions, contradicting his previous statement to Newsweek that he had only been aboard once.

Kennedy's revelations came during a discussion of his ethics and past associations. He explained that in 1993, he, along with his late ex-wife Mary Richardson Kennedy and two children, accepted a ride to Palm Beach from Maxwell, who had a relationship with his wife at the time. Kennedy emphasized that these flights took place long before Epstein's criminal activities were publicly known. He also recounted another family trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, for a fossil-hunting weekend, insisting that he was never on the jet alone.

This acknowledgment of multiple flights on Epstein's jet stands in stark contrast to the earlier statement made by Kennedy's spokesperson, which detailed only the Easter trip to visit his mother. The spokesperson had elaborated that the trip was facilitated by Mary Richardson Kennedy's acquaintance with Maxwell.

The connection between Maxwell and the Kennedy family has historical roots, with Maxwell reportedly attending the wedding of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy. Christina Oxenberg, in her book "Trash: Encounters with Ghislaine Maxwell," claimed Maxwell boasted about her alleged intimate encounter with John F. Kennedy Jr., considering it her "chief conquest."

Kennedy's interview comes amid ongoing public interest in Epstein's connections with high-profile figures. Lists circulated on social media purport to show the guests who visited Epstein's private Caribbean island, though there is no implication that those who flew on the jet were involved in illegal activities.

Kennedy's candid admission and previous discrepancies have brought fresh scrutiny to his presidential campaign. The Epstein scandal continues to be a significant talking point leading up to the 2024 election, with various public figures, including politicians and celebrities, being associated with Epstein's infamous flights.

In light of these developments, Kennedy has called for transparency and the release of all information related to Epstein's connections with high-level political figures. He asserts that the American public should have access to unredacted records, emphasizing the need for clarity and openness in this high-profile case.

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn has echoed this sentiment, urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Epstein's estate for a complete list of passengers who traveled on his plane. However, her request was reportedly blocked by Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, leading to questions about potential political motivations behind withholding such information.

As the story unfolds, the focus remains on Kennedy's past interactions with Epstein and Maxwell, as well as the broader implications of these connections in the context of his political aspirations and the ongoing pursuit of justice in the Epstein case.