Epstein Conspiracy Theories: De Blasio, and Others Join Speculation – The New York Times
There has been no evidence so far of foul play in Mr. Epstein’s death. Like other officials, the mayor called for a full and independent investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death and said he hoped law enforcement would continue to pursue justice for Mr. Epstein’s accusers.
Other prominent figures, including former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Representative Al Green, a Democrat of Texas, and Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor, all said on Monday that they did not need to wait for an official investigation to assert that something did not add up.
Mr. Trump, who has often shared unfounded conspiracy theories, has contributed to the frenzy, retweeting a baseless one about Mr. Epstein and the Clintons. Mr. Giuliani said in an interview Monday that Mr. Trump “feels very poorly treated because they tried to connect Epstein to him.”
Mr. Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning after he had apparently hanged himself, just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, officials said.
The jail is run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, so Mr. de Blasio does not have jurisdiction over it. The United States attorney general, William B. Barr, said on Monday that there had been “serious irregularities” at the jail, and that the F.B.I. is investigating what happened.