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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 16:50

Trump retweets conspiracy theory following Epstein’s death

The death of accused sex-trafficker Jeffery Epstein left even more unanswered questions surroundings who was involved with his trafficking of underage girls than before, and has spawned a plethora of conspiracy theories.

Many of these theories are split along party lines, with those on the right accusing former president Bill Clinton and/or former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton of killing Epstein or of US president Donald Trump being involved with Epstein’s death. Both the hashtags Clinton Body Count and Trump Body Count were trending on Twitter. Trump has been pictured with Epstein and his former labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned after it was revealed he had given Epstein a plea deal as an attorney in Florida. Bill Clinton flew on a jet owned by Epstein for an Africa AIDS tour and one women who accused Epstein of trafficking her said she saw Clinton on Epstein’s private island. Both Trump and Clinton have denied any more recent association with the accused pedophile.

On the Clinton side of things, there has been conspiracy theories accusing them of murdering their political opponents for years, despite a lack of concrete evidence. In this most recent case, someone tweeted out that the Clinton’s were responsible for Epstein’s death, which was retweeted by Trump.

At this point, it is still unclear how Epstein died, as two weeks before he had attempted suicide and was put on suicide watch because of it. Less than a week later he was taken off the list and his cellmate, who may have helped stop him from committing suicide the first time, was transferred out. Another prisoner was supposed to be placed in his cell, but they were not transferred in before Epstein committed suicide. An autopsy was performed on Epstein on Sunday, but the medical examiner announced that her determination is pending further information. Also present at the autopsy was a private pathologist, Michael Baden, who was hired by Epstein’s lawyers. Baden has a history of being associated with high profile cases like this, as he helped investigate the assassination of president John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, along with being a witness at the O.J. Simpson trial. 

Following the death of Epstein, US attorney general William Barr made a statement that there will be investigation by the FBI into irregularities surrounding Epstein’s death and that “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”

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