Trump Defends Retweet Linking Clinton To Epstein's Death.
President Donald Trump continues to defend himself for endorsing the theory that former president Bill Clinton was behind the death of imprisoned sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Conspiracy theorists assert Epstein's death was the fault of the Clintons but without presenting any evidence at all to support their outlandish claim.
Only a few hours after Epstein committed suicide inside his jail cell on Aug. 10, Trump re-tweeted "we know who did this" suggesting Clinton masterminded Epstein's death. Trump's retweet fell under the hashtags, "#EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily."
Trump's complete retweet read Epstein "had information on Bill Clinton & now he's dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! ... #EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily."
The original tweet was posted by Terrence K. Williams, who suggested the "Clinton crime family" was involved in Epstein's alleged suicide. In the same tweet, Williams claimed Epstein had info on Bill Clinton. He also wrongly claimed Epstein was on suicide watch at the time of his death, which he wasn't.
Trump defended retweeting Thompson, saying it was only a retweet and not a tweet he made.
"That was a retweet," said Trump. "That was from him, it wasn't from me. But he's a man who has half a million followers. A lot of followers, and he's respected ... so I think I was fine."
He also lavished praise on Thompson, a man he's never met.
"He is a very highly respected conservative pundit," Trump said of Williams. "He's a big Trump fan."
He told reporters he has "no idea" whether the Clintons were involved in Epstein's death, which is being painted as a murder by Thompson.
"I have no idea," (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/13/politics/donald-trump-jeffrey-epstein-conspiracy/index.html) Trump answered when asked by reporters if he really believed the Clintons were behind Epstein's death.
He then went after Bill Clinton in the same breath.
"I know he was on his plane 27 times, and he said he was on the plane four times. 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? And then 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. So you have to ask, 'Did Bill Clinton go to the island?' If you find that out, you're going to know a lot."
On Saturday, (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/13/trump-calls-for-full-probe-into-jail-death-of-jeffrey-epstein.html) Trump said he wants a "full probe" of Epstein's death.
Trump and Clinton are (https://ibtimes.com/jeffrey-epsteins-black-book-has-trump-clinton-prince-andrew-many-more-2808032) both former friends of Epstein , who was in prison for child sex trafficking at the time of his death. Trump is known to have flown on Epstein's private plane at least once in the 1990s. Clinton is known to have flown on Epstein's plane multiple times, but contests the numbers. Clinton said he rode on Epstein's planes only four times.
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Aug 14, 2019|
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