It’s was suspicious enough that President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein just happened to die of an “apparent suicide” while in the custody of Trump’s Department of Justice. It became far more of a problem when Trump began accusing Bill and Hillary Clinton of having somehow murdered Epstein. Now even members of Trump’s own party are trying to distance themselves from the fallout from whatever this is turning into.
As Republicans run for the exits, Trump on Tuesday defended promoting the baseless conspiracy theory that ties the Clintons to the death of Epstein, saying it was “fine” because he was only retweeting what someone else said.
“The retweet — which is what it was, it was a retweet — was somebody that is a very respected conservative pundit. So I think it was fine,” Trump told reporters before heading to Pennsylvania for a speech.
Asked later if he truly believes the Clintons are involved in Epstein’s death, Trump said, “I have no idea” before pointing to former President Bill Clinton’s relationship with the disgraced financier.
Trump, who ran in the same social circles with Epstein before he said they had a falling out, said he would like there to be a “full investigation” into the convicted sex offender’s death.
“I want a full investigation and that’s what I absolutely am demanding,” Trump said.
Trump on Saturday shared a tweet from Terrence K. Williams that blamed Epstein’s death on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Clinton without providing any evidence.
The tweet included the hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily, as well as a photo of both the former president and former secretary of State.
Epstein was found dead early Saturday in his jail cell in the New York federal prison, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. He was a registered sex offender following an earlier conviction in 2008 of soliciting sex from underage girls.
We knew that the Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee would dive into Epstein’s death as an oversight matter – and sure enough, they did just that today by formally demanding answers from the Department of Justice Inspector General. What’s intriguing is that the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are seeking answers to the same questions, as part of a bipartisan letter.
Why does this matter? Normally, the House Republicans simply align themselves with whatever offensive, dishonest, or outright insane position Donald Trump ends up landing on. But in this instance, they’re not willing to defend Trump’s assertion that the Clinton’s magically had Epstein murdered while he was in the custody of Trump’s government. Instead, they’re staking themselves to the position that there’s something very wrong with how Trump’s DOJ handled Epstein’s fate.
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