Trump Retweets Conspiracy Theories About Jeffrey Epstein And The Clintons
US President Donald Trump has shared two posts about Jeffrey Epstein's death in jail, which allude to links to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his New York prison cell yesterday while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Officials reported that he was found suffering cardiac arrest, and was pronounced dead.
The 66-year-old had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty to accusations of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
On Sunday morning (AEST) President Trump retweeted a post from his personal account, which insinuated links between Epstein and former US President Bill Clinton.
"Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen," read the post published by actor Terrence K Williams.
"#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised".
Williams added hashtags including #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily.
There is no evidence to support the insinuations.
Trump had earlier retweeted a second tweet from little-known news blog Breaking News Live -- which has spread falsehoods in the past -- which claimed that "top Democrats, including Bill Clinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s 'pedophilia island'."
The tweet refers to documents recently unsealed by a court in which an Epstein associate claims Clinton visited Epstein's private island, known as Little St James. Clinton -- a former associate of Epstein -- had earlier vehemently denied ever visiting that location.
Both Trump and the Clintons have had long associations with Epstein. Both families have denied any knowledge of Epstein's crimes.
Not long after retweeting the claims, Trump tweeted a message of his own, saying he was working to "fight back" against the "fake news media".
Many Twitter users were upset at Trump sharing the Epstein tweets, while offering no evidence to support them.
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