Is there any evidence that Hillary Clinton killed Jeffrey Epstein and did the former secretary of state declare that she did it? No, that's not true: Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on August 10, 2019 in a federal prison cell in New York, where he was being held pending prosecution for child sex trafficking charges. The medical examiner determined that Epstein hung himself from his bed. While some forensic experts have questioned the findings, there has been no evidence brought forward to implicate Hillary Clinton in his death. Clinton has made no public statements implicating herself. Two jail guards have been charged with falsifying their logs to hide that they did not do the requires half-hour checks on the inmate.
The false claim originated in a meme (archived here), including a post shared on November 15, 2019, which featured photos of former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton, with text next to the respective photos that read:
President George W. Bush"I killed Saddam HusseinPresident Barack Obama"I killed Osama bin-Laden!"President Donald Trump"I killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!"Hillary Clinton"I killed Jeffrey Epstein!"
This is what social media users saw:
Conspiracy theories emerged in the hours after Epstein's jail death was made public, including debunked reports that Attorney General William Barr had secretly visited the Metropolitan Correctional Center days before the death and that all of the cameras in the cell block had "malfunctioned" preventing the recording of video in the morning hours of the death. Another false report followed days later saying one of the guards mysteriously vanished. Readers can find Lead Stories' extensive archive of fact checks relating to Jeffrey Epstein below.
The allegation that Hillary Clinton would want Epstein dead is apparently based on suspicions about her husband former President Bill Clinton's friendship with Epstein in the years just before he pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor female in Palm Beach County, Florida. This debunk is not about that (again, see links below) but about how Epstein died. This article is also not intended to conclude that Epstein's death was a suicide, although that's what the New York medical examiner ruled. This article is focused on the claim that Hillary Clinton killed Epstein.
You can read more about the controversy over the Epstein autopsy in this October 30, 2019 New York Times article titled "Epstein's Autopsy 'Points to Homicide,' Pathologist Hired by Brother Claims".
Conspiracy theories that claim Hillary Clinton has a pattern of killing her own allies, friends and foes who know too much about her date back to 1993 with the suicide of her former law partner Vince Foster. #ClintonBodyCount is a consistent social hashtag and was predictably used after Epstein's death. Those who insist on believing the former first lady is a cold and calculating killer -- who is so smart and powerful she has never been caught -- may go on believing despite any level of debunking. Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked Clinton how she was able to get away with murdering Epstein and so many others and yet was unable to use her skills to get elected president. Watch this video in which Clinton responds with laughter, but no admission:
No one has brought forth any evidence that Clinton was involved in Epstein's death. The theory runs counter to what federal prosecutors are alleging in the indictment of the two prison guards. As NPR reported on November 19, 2019, prosecutors argue that Epstein had the chance to end his own life because the guards failed to check on him for eight hours. Instead, they surfed the internet at their desks. And there is video:
Authorities have charged Michael Thomas and Tova Noel with making false records and conspiracy. The two worked as jail guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal jail in Manhattan that's mostly used for defendants awaiting trial.
According to video surveillance footage obtained by prosecutors, Epstein was in his cell unobserved for eight hours before he was found dead. The unit he was in requires that all inmates be accounted for twice an hour.
Prosecutors say that while working an overnight shift, Thomas and Noel, the only two officers assigned to Epstein's wing, neglected to check on him.
According to the indictment, Thomas and Noel sat at their desks and browsed the Internet for furniture, motorcycle sales and sports news instead of monitoring Epstein in his cell, some 15 feet away in the Special Housing Unit.
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