President Donald Trump is defending his retweets of baseless conspiracy theories trying to hyperlink Jeffrey Epstein’s obvious suicide with former President Invoice Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Talking with reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Trump stated he thought it was “fine” to retweet the conspiracy as a result of it got here from “a very highly respected conservative pundit.”
However the president additionally appeared to attempt to downplay his actions, saying, “That was a retweet. That wasn’t from me, that was from him.”
The tweets originated from Terrence K. Williams, whose Twitter bio identifies him as an actor and commentator.
“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen,” Williams tweeted on Saturday. ”#JefferyEpstein had info on Invoice Clinton & now he’s lifeless. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending however we all know who did this!”
Williams’ tweet included a video that mentions one other unsubstantiated conspiracy idea that means the Clintons have been accountable for the loss of life of White Home aide Vince Foster, who died by suicide in 1994.
There isn’t any proof to again both conspiracy idea. Trump shared the publish together with his followers over the weekend.
“He’s a big Trump fan. … He’s a man who has half a million followers, a lot of followers, and he’s respected,” the president stated of Williams. “And, as you know, Bill Barr wants to do an entire investigation of the whole Epstein matter.”
Trump stated he had “no idea” whether or not he believed Invoice Clinton had something to do with Epstein’s loss of life, according to NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell. He then questioned whether or not Clinton ever visited the convicted intercourse offender’s non-public island.
That remark appeared to trace at a second conspiracy idea Trump retweeted over the weekend. He shared a tweet posted by an account named @BreakingNLive that claimed court docket paperwork in Epstein’s case confirmed that Clinton “took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophilia island.’”
Epstein owned Little St. James Island, which is a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands and was nicknamed “pedophile island” by locals, in line with the Related Press.
The court docket paperwork, which have been lately unsealed, embody flight logs displaying that Clinton flew on the financier’s non-public jet various instances, however the paperwork don’t point out that he traveled to Little St. James Island.
The logs additionally present that Trump has flown on Epstein’s jet. Each Clinton and Trump had relationships with Epstein.
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