President Trump added fuel to the conspiracy theories surrounding multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s obvious suicide on Saturday when he retweeted a post that implied former President Bill Clinton was linked to Epstein’s loss of life.
The tweet got here from self-described comic Terrence K. Williams who echoed many on social media in suggesting a connection between the Clintons and Epstein, who beforehand was an acquaintance of the previous president.
Scrutiny of how #Epstein was able to commit suicide is warranted
But the immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone on the “other side” of partisan divide having him killed illustrates why our society is so vulnerable to foreign disinformation & influence efforts
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 10, 2019
“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah proper! How does that occur,” the tweet learn, alongside a photograph of Epstein and one of many Clintons. “#JefferyEpstein had data on Invoice Clinton & now he’s lifeless I see #TrumpBodyCount trending however we all know who did this! RT when you’re not Stunned.”
Trump’s tweet got here shortly after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pushed again on the “fast rush to unfold conspiracy theories about somebody” in one other political get together.
Williams’ video argued that “for some odd motive, folks with data on the Clintons find yourself lifeless they usually often die from suicide.” “C’mon now,” he continued incredulously on the video.
The Associated Press reported that Epstein had been positioned on suicide watch after an incident final month by which Epstein was discovered with bruising on his neck, although it has by no means been made clear whether or not these accidents had been the results of a suicide try or an assault by a fellow inmate. Nonetheless, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman instructed the New York Put up Saturday that Epstein was not on suicide watch on the time of his loss of life and AP reported he had been taken off suicide watch on the finish of final month.
The well-connected financier was indicted final month on federal intercourse trafficking expenses and confronted as much as 45 years in jail.
On Saturday, Trump’s Justice Division introduced it could pursue an investigation into Epstein’s loss of life. “I used to be appalled to be taught that Jeffrey Epstein was discovered lifeless early this morning from an obvious suicide whereas in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s loss of life raises severe questions that should be answered,” Attorney General William Barr stated.
“Along with the FBI’s investigation, I’ve consulted with the Inspector General who’s opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s loss of life.”