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PoliticsTrump defends sharing Clinton-Epstein conspiracy theory

21:45  13 august  2019
21:45  13 august  2019 Source:   politico.com

Jeffrey Epstein: Florida governor directs state law enforcement to take over investigation

Jeffrey Epstein: Florida governor directs state law enforcement to take over investigation Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to take over a criminal investigation into the case of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty 11 years ago to state prostitution charges and split his short sentence between jail and work release. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw requested the state take over the criminal inquiry and said his office will continue to handle an internal review of how his deputies handled the detention of Epstein, who now faces federal charges of conspiracy of sex trafficking.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to share a tweet suggesting Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved in financier Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, and stoked speculation about the former president’s relationship with the deceased convicted sex offender.

“The retweet — which is what it was, just a retweet — was from somebody that’s a very respected conservative pundit, so I think that was fine,” Trump told reporters, referring to a conspiratorial message by comedian and commentator Terrence K. Williams he re-posted Saturday.

Trump retweets post promoting conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein's death

Trump retweets post promoting conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein's death President Trump on Saturday retweeted a post promoting a conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein's death. The tweet, by Twitter user Terrence K. Williams, blamed the death on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Clinton and does not provide evidence. The tweet included the hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily, as well as a photo of both the former president and former secretary of State. Conspiracy theories linking the death to both the Clinton and Trump himself trended Saturday on Twitter. The Hill has attempted to reach the White House, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton for comment.

The president has been criticized in recent days for promulgating the unfounded theory that the Clintons had a hand in Epstein’s death. Trump said Tuesday he had “no idea” whether the couple played a role in the high-profile prisoner’s demise and accused Bill Clinton of lying about the extent of his air travel on Epstein’s planes.

“I know he was on his plane 27 times, and he said he was on the plane four times,” Trump said. “But when they checked the plane logs, Bill Clinton — who was a very good friend of Epstein — he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times. So why did he say four times?”

A federal appeals court late Friday night unsealed more than 2,000 pages of documents including logs of Epstein's pilots that revealed Clinton used Epstein’s planes for travel related to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s paid speeches. The documents also showed that Trump made at least one trip on Epstein's plane in 1997.

Conway defends Trump retweeting a baseless Epstein conspiracy theory, saying he wants 'everything to be investigated'

Conway defends Trump retweeting a baseless Epstein conspiracy theory, saying he wants 'everything to be investigated' Conway downplayed President Donald Trump's retweeting the conspiracy theory hours after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Conway initially said on "Fox News Sunday" that she couldn't discuss the ongoing investigations into the convicted sex offender's death, but said Trump posted the theory because he "just wants everything to be investigated." "There was some unsealed information implicating some people very high up .

Epstein was reported dead Saturday morning in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. FBI agents on Monday raided Epstein’s estate on a private Caribbean island where he allegedly abused underage girls.

“The question you have to ask is, did Bill Clinton go to the island? Because Epstein had an island. That was not a good place, as I understand it, and I was never there,” Trump said Tuesday. “So you have to ask, did Bill Clinton go to the island? That’s the question. If you find that out, you’re going to know a lot.”

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said last month. "He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

Ureña also hit back against Trump's effort to link the Clintons to Epstein's suicide, tweeting on Saturday: "Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?"

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