President Donald Trump defended retweeting a message suggesting the Clintons had a role in the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump on Saturday retweeted a post by commentator Terence K Williams linking to Clintons to the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
FBI agents speaking to INSIDER about the message were aghast. One said: “The last thing investigators need is the President of the United States fanning the flames with these bulls— theories that have no basis in reality.”
Jeffrey Epstein died in a New York prison in what officials said Saturday was an apparent suicide.
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President Donald Trump defended retweeting a message groundlessly linking the Clintons to the death of financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
On Saturday, following news that Epstein died in an apparent suicide in a New York prison, Trump shared a message on Twitter which said: “#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead.”
It included the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount.
Trump defended retweeting the message because its author, comedian and commentator Terrence K Williams, has many followers, is “a very highly respected conservative pundit” and “a big Trump fan.”
When asked whether he really thinks the theory is true, he said “I have no idea.”
Trump’s boosting of the theory has enraged FBI agents, who attacked Trump for “fanning the flames with these bulls— theories.”
He told reporters at Morristown Airport in New Jersey: “That was a retweet. 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.”
Williams was last in the news for a Fox News interview in August, where he made racial slurs about an Asian-American woman hired by the New York Times.
Trump doubled down on the links between former President Bill Clinton and Epstein when asked whether the theory could be true.
President Trump defends promoting conspiracy theory about Epstein’s death: “It was a retweet” https://t.co/5QLHYxfxhj pic.twitter.com/NevubHaOc6
— The Hill (@thehill) August 14, 2019
Here’s Trump’s full response to the question, which was: “Do you really think the Clintons are involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death?”
“I have no idea. I know he was on his plane 27 times and he said he was on the plane 4 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, but 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. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.”
Trump was referring to a recent statement by Clinton, in which he said he embarked …read more
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