Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal ripped into President Trump on Saturday for promoting a conspiracy theory on Twitter that Bill and Hillary Clinton were somehow involved in billionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide.
Hours after Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell early Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a follower of his who wrote: “Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen #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”
Katyal shared a screenshot of the president’s retweet, writing: “It is unfathomable to me that a President of the United States would retweet this. Literally unfathomable.”
He added: “It would be outrageous for even a member of a local city council, let alone from the person who is to Take Care that the Laws be Faithfully Executed.”
It is unfathomable to me that a President of the United States would retweet this. Literally unfathomable. It would be outrageous for even a member of a local city council, let alone from the person who is to Take Care that the Laws be Faithfully Executed. pic.twitter.com/wx7FCdnmp2
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 10, 2019
Minutes after pushing the Clinton smear, Trump lashed out against the “totally dishonest the Fake News Media.”
Trump tweeted: “Think how wonderful it is to be able to fight back and show, to so many, how totally dishonest the Fake News Media really is. It may be the most corrupt and disgusting business (almost) there is! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
One of Trump’s highest-ranking officials at The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also helped promote a conspiracy theory suggesting that Hillary Clinton had played a role in Epstein’s death.
“Hillary’d!!” Lynne Patton, regional administrator at HUD, posted on Instagram around 10 a.m., alongside a screenshot of a Daily Mail story that described Epstein’s manner of death.
She added the hashtag, “#VinceFosterPartTwo,” a reference to the former Clinton aide whose death by suicide continues to fuel conspiracy theories more than two decades later.
Within hours of Epstein’s reported death, “Clintons” and “ClintonBodyCount” were among the highest-trending topics on Twitter, reports Mother Jones.