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PoliticsTrump aides see incompetence, not conspiracy, in Epstein's death

03:45  14 august  2019
03:45  14 august  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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 death by apparent suicide of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein shocked few pundits. Given his previous attempt on his own life and powerful connections, how could Epstein have been left alone to kill himself? Suspicion reigns as Epstein ’ s secrets die with him.

Aides predicted that Trump would promote the conspiracy theories — in effect accusing a former United States president, as well as his wife who was Trump ’ s election opponent in 2016, of murder — simply because Trump is “an avid, longtime conspiracy theorist,” according to the Daily Beast report.

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials suspect a portrait of incompetence, rather than conspiracy, will emerge from a series of federal investigations underway into the Bureau of Prisons’ handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s death at a Manhattan jailhouse.

Trump aides see incompetence, not conspiracy, in Epstein's death© NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, on Aug. 13, 2019 as he departs for Pennsylvania. Trump defended his retweeting of an Epstein conspiracy theory linking his death to Bill Clinton.

Speaking with McClatchy, White House officials expressed relief that Attorney General Bill Barr moved swiftly to open an inquiry into the death of the accused sex trafficker.

Campaign aide: Trump asking questions shared by 'millions of Americans' with Epstein conspiracy theory

Campaign aide: Trump asking questions shared by 'millions of Americans' with Epstein conspiracy theory A Trump campaign aide on Monday defended President Trump's promotion of a conspiracy theory about the death of disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, saying that "millions of Americans" are likely asking the same questions. "I think the president was basically asking some of the questions that we saw millions of Americans probably asking themselves, whether it be on social media or just even in their own private conversations, about the very strange circumstances around this person's death," Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for the 2020 Trump campaign, said on Fox News.

Trump and Others Turn to Conspiracy Theories After Epstein ’ s Death . But Trump was reluctant to keep someone with whom he had never formed a close bond. The president and his aides also regarded her as a career official and consequently suspicious, according to officials with knowledge of

News of Epstein ' s death quickly fed conspiracy theories online Saturday that powerful people who once socialized with Epstein - such as Trump and Clinton - had a hand in the financier's fate and stood to benefit from his silencing. A #ClintonBodyCount hashtag that trended anew on Twitter last month

Epstein was found in his prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday morning. The city’s chief medical examiner presumes he died by suicide, but is waiting for “additional information” to conclusively rule on the cause of death.

The incident has united Democrats and Republicans in calling for an examination of the Bureau of Prisons, where union members are already defending themselves against blame for Epstein’s death and claiming that Trump’s hiring freeze has created “dangerous conditions” in the nation’s penitentiaries.

Barr temporarily reassigned the warden at the prison where Epstein died to the bureau’s Northeast regional office on Tuesday, a Justice Department spokesman said, and also placed on administrative leave two members of the prison staff assigned to Epstein’s unit “pending the outcome of the investigations.”

Democrats blast Donald Trump over Epstein/Clinton conspiracy theory

Democrats blast Donald Trump over Epstein/Clinton conspiracy theory There is no evidence linking Bill Clinton or Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein's death

Epstein ' s death came a day after a cache of legal documents were made public that gave new #JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’ s dead . I see #TrumpBodyCount trending Trump aide Lynne Patton posted a Daily Mail article on Epstein ' s death to her Instagram account

Amid news of Jeffrey Epstein ’ s apparent suicide, President Donald Trump retweeted baseless conspiracy theories that attempt to link the convicted sex offender’ s death with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday evening.

Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee reached rare agreement this week, demanding that the bureau provide an accounting for Epstein’s death and warning that it “demonstrates severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice.”

Two administration officials said that a sense of bewilderment gripped the president’s aides when the news first broke.

“The question was, how did this happen? We thought that he was on suicide watch,” one official said. “If I could characterize the reaction within the building, it’s a desire to figure out what exactly happened here.”

Some White House aides had lingering questions. They recalled an incident weeks before his death that resulted in bruising on his neck and was never conclusively attributed to a suicide attempt or an assault.

The slow trickle of details from the case leaking out is fueling conspiracy theorists, “much to their delight,” one administration official said. “These are things that only a professional investigation will uncover.”

Prosecutors Now Turning Attention To Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Co-Conspirators

Prosecutors Now Turning Attention To Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Co-Conspirators Shock is giving way to anger following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncThe accused pedophile apparently committed suicide inside his jail cell in New York. Prosecutors say they will continue to investigate the Palm Beach financier’s alleged crimes despite his death. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Epstein, 66, had been in federal custody since he was arrested July 6th on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Lynne Patton: Promotes Clinton conspiracy about Epstein ’ s death . Lynne Patton, a Trump administration official and presidential pal, on Saturday, revived a dodgy conspiracy theory about the suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein , suggesting a link to a long-running, sinister

The death of Jeffrey Epstein , an American financier billionaire and convicted sex offender, has become the subject of conspiracy theories.

Among those entertaining conspiracy theories is the president himself. Only hours after news of Epstein’s death emerged, and before federal fact-finding had begun in earnest, Trump had retweeted a fringe theory linking former President Bill Clinton to the event.

Asked by reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday whether he really believed the conspiracy theory had merit, Trump replied: “I have no idea.” But he nevertheless questioned whether the former president had visited Epstein at his private island retreat.

“That’s the question,” Trump said, highlighting Clinton’s relationship with Epstein and records of his travel on Epstein’s private jet. Trump has also been photographed with Epstein at events.

Another confidante of the president told Fox News he was confounded by the prison’s failure to protect Epstein’s life.

“What happened here, to me, is mind-boggling,” Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, told Fox News. “This argument over whether he was on suicide watch or not is like silly because if he wasn’t on suicide watch, he should have been on watch. The guy was a high-risk prisoner, wasn’t he? I mean he’s a guy that they’re probably 50 very important people that have a motive to kill him.”

Lawmaker calls on Congress to investigate Epstein accusations following financier's death

Lawmaker calls on Congress to investigate Epstein accusations following financier's death Rep. Lois Frankel is calling for Congress to launch investigations into sexual abuse and trafficking accusations against Jeffrey Epstein.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - President Donald Trump used his Twitter account Saturday to spread an evidence-free conspiracy theory about the death of Jeffrey Epstein , a wealthy and politically connected financier

“ Conspiracy theories are a perfect tool to emotionally connect with voters and supporters,” said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide to the president. President Trump ’s promotion of the idea that Bill and Hillary Clinton were linked to Jeffrey Epstein ’ s death follows previous insinuations that Senator

Lawmakers continued to urge increased scrutiny of the 2008 deal between Epstein and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida that allowed Epstein to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged Barr on Tuesday to rip up the 2008 plea deal, arguing that it should not shield the four named co-conspirators, and “any potential co-conspirators” from facing federal charges.

“I ask you to confirm that the Department of Justice no longer considers” the agreement “binding” against any of the named or unnamed co-conspirators, Sasse said in the letter.

His letter follows requests by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who has pressed for an inspector general probe of the Justice Department’s handling of Epstein’s plea deal. She said Barr’s request for an inspector general investigation into Epstein’s death was inadequate.

“Our priority should be securing justice for Epstein’s victims, and that means the obscene 2008 non-prosecution deal should be vacated and not apply to co-conspirators, while ensuring nothing like it is ever repeated,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Congress must not focus only on Epstein’s death, and ignore the Justice Department’s larger, outrageous mishandling of this entire case. That would just appease conspiracy theorists like Trump, at the expense of Epstein’s victims.”


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