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Trump promotes unfounded Ilhan Omar conspiracy and shares claim Justin Trudeau 'assumes submissive position' with him

Trump promotes unfounded Ilhan Omar conspiracy and shares claim Justin Trudeau 'assumes submissive position' with himDonald Trump unleashed a series of controversial late-night tweets from the G7 Summit in France over the weekend, reigniting his feud with Ilhan Omar and attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The president promoted an unfounded and incendiary claim purported by the far right online that Ms Omar, a Democratic congresswoman of colour and former refugee from Somalia, married her brother years before she took office in 2018.



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The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming 'Deep State' Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here's What to Know

The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming 'Deep State' Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here's What to KnowPatrick Byrne issued a bizarre statement through Overstock criticizing the FBI, referring to a “deep state” conspiracy. Here's what to know about the incident.



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Trump defends sharing baseless conspiracy theory about Epstein’s death by man who pretended to hang himself with toilet roll to prove Clintons were involved

Trump defends sharing baseless conspiracy theory about Epstein’s death by man who pretended to hang himself with toilet roll to prove Clintons were involvedDonald Trump has insisted he was justified in promoting a baseless conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein’s death because the man he retweeted “has half-a-million followers”. The US president shared a tweet on Saturday by right-wing commentator Terrence K Williams, who baselessly suggested in the video post that the Clinton family had the paedophile financier killed due to former president Bill Clinton’s past association with him. “He had information on the Clintons, and the man ended up dead,” Mr Williams said in a rambling two-minute diatribe. It was posted the same day Epstein was found hanged in his New York prison cell in what the FBI said was an "apparent suicide". On Tuesday, it was reported two guards fell asleep briefly on the night of the 66-year-old's death, then attempted to falsify records. Epstein was facing new sex trafficking and conspiracy charges over allegations he operated an international child sex trafficking ring. He was set to stand trial next year and was facing 45 years in jail if convicted. Asked by reporters outside his New Jersey golf resort on Tuesday to clarify his retweet of Mr Williams, Mr Trump said: “He’s a big Trump fan. That was a retweet, it wasn’t from me, that was from him, but the man has half a million followers, a lot of followers.” The president also said Mr Williams was a “very highly respected conservative pundit”. > Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happenJefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead > > I see TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! > > RT if you’re not SurprisedEpsteinSuicide ClintonBodyCount ClintonCrimeFamily pic.twitter.com/Y9tGAWaAxX> > — Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) > > August 10, 2019Mr Trump's comments came after Mr Williams doubled down on his conspiracy theorising when he sarcastically pretended to try and hang himself on video with toilet roll to purportedly show Mr Epstein could not have killed himself.Last year, Mr Williams was cut short by Fox News during an interview for being too racist, when he called an Asian-American New York Times journalist "Crazy-nese" and said there was "something wrong with them fortune cookies that Ling Ling's eating".Asked by one reporter if he really believed the Clintons were involved in Epstein’s death, Mr Trump suggested there was merit to the conspiracy theory when he said he had “no idea” if it was true, but that Mr Clinton had been on Epstein’s private plane.Mr Trump also noted attorney general William Barr had ordered an investigation into Epstein's death, adding: “I want a full investigation, and that's what I absolutely am demanding."Epstein’s death came a day after new legal documents, unsealed by a court, provided more details about the numerous young girls the financier is said to have abused over several decades.The documents related to a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who said she was abused over a period of years by Epstein and members of his circle, which included a number of high-profile men from the worlds of business and politics.



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Donald Trump defends his Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton conspiracy retweet

Donald Trump defends his Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton conspiracy retweetDemocratic presidential candidates and others have blasted Donald Trump for re-tweeting a no-evidence conspiracy theory.



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Trump doubles down on baseless conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's death

Trump doubles down on baseless conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's deathPresident Trump said Tuesday that he has “no idea” whether a conspiracy theory he promoted on Twitter claiming that former President Bill Clinton was somehow responsible for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a New York federal prison is actually true.



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Trump news – live: President jokes about serving third term, rambles ignorantly about wind power and defends baseless Epstein conspiracy theory

Trump news - live: President jokes about serving third term, rambles ignorantly about wind power and defends baseless Epstein conspiracy theoryDonald Trump addressed energy workers in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and joked about calling off the 2020 election and serving a third term, attacking his political opponents including Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren despite the event not being earmarked for campaigning.Speaking to staff after touring the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, the president also spread misinformation about wind power (“All of the sudden it stops – the wind and the televisions go off”) and defended his retweeting of baseless conspiracy theories about the death of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.With the warden responsible for Epstein since removed from office and the FBI raiding the late hedge fund manager’s private Caribbean island, Mr Trump admitted to reporters he had “no idea” whether Bill and Hillary Clinton were implicated in the death, as the tweets in question suggested. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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'#ClintonBodyCount': Trump's sharing of Epstein conspiracy theory draws outrage

'#ClintonBodyCount': Trump's sharing of Epstein conspiracy theory draws outragePresident Trump drew widespread backlash after sharing a baseless conspiracy theory tying the death of Jeffrey Epstein, a well-connected convicted sex offender, to Bill and Hillary Clinton.



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Jeffrey Epstein: Who is embroiled in sex scandal – and why are there conspiracy theories over his death?

Jeffrey Epstein: Who is embroiled in sex scandal - and why are there conspiracy theories over his death?Outrage and intrigue surrounds the apparent suicide in prison of Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile who had connections to celebrities and presidents.  His death sparked questions about whether the alleged victims will have a full chance at justice, though US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the federal investigation into allegations that Epstein ran a sex trafficking ring remains ongoing. Among those dragged into one of the biggest sex scandals of a generation is the Duke of York, a former friend of the high-flying financier. Epstein, who hobnobbed with countless politicians and celebrities over the years, was found dead in his cell on Saturday while awaiting trial. Here is everything we know about the case.  Who was Jeffrey Epstein? Epstein, 66, was a hedge fund manager who once socialised with the rich, famous and powerful. Epstein owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch, and a fleet of high-price cars.  Under a 2008 non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and another similar prostitution charge. That allowed him to avoid federal prosecution and a possible life sentence, instead serving 13 months in a work-release programme. He was required to make payments to victims and register as a sex offender. Jeffrey Epstein looks on during a a bail hearing last month  Credit: Reuters Last month, he was arrested by FBI officers when his private jet landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey following a trip to Paris. He was then charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Prosecutors said Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teens, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005. The young women were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors alleged. Epstein denied the charges and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted. Who has been caught up in the scandal? Politicians, celebrities and even members of the Royal family have been embroiled in the controversy after a Manhattan court released 1,200 pages of documents detailing lurid claims of the alleged abuse carried out by Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell The files relate to the case of Giuffre v Maxwell, in which Virginia Giuffre, who claims to have been the US ­businessman’s teenage “sex slave”, sued Ghislaine Maxwell, a British ­socialite and the billionaire’s former girlfriend, for defamation. Testimony includes claims by Giuffre that she had sex with the Duke of York when she was 17.  All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015 after being described as "immaterial and impertinent" by the judge. The Prince has always denied the allegations and any involvement. The documents released state it is “an undisputed fact that multiple witnesses deposed in this case” have testified that Ms Maxwell, daughter of Robert Maxwell “operated as convicted paedophile Epstein’s procurer of under age girls”. The defamation case, filed in 2015, was settled out of court by Ms Maxwell in 2017. Ms Maxwell called Ms Guiffre’s claims ­“fictitious lies and stories to make this a salacious event”. Jeffrey Epstein: The tangled web left behind Separately, the documents refer to his former friendships with people such as Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Both have denied knowing anything about Epstein's alleged crimes.  How did Epstein die? According to the US department of justice it was an "apparent suicide" in which he hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional center in Manhattan. He was discovered at 6.30am on Saturday. Epstein had previously been found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck on July 23. He was placed on suicide watch, which included having a daily psychiatric evaluation, and checks by prison guards every 15 minutes. But less than a week later he was taken off suicide watch. He was still supposed to be checked every 30 minutes but that was not done on the night he died. His cellmate had been transferred and he was alone in the cell. The US attorney general said he was "livid". The FBI and the inspector general have launched inquiries into what went wrong. What are the conspiracy theories? Epstein's death immediately sparked conspiracy theories because the possibility he might tell all about his sordid life was undeniably embarrassing to a host of high profile politicians and celebrities who knew him. Depending on political persuasion, conspiracy theorists pointed the finger at either Mr Trump, or Bill and Hillary Clinton. The hashtags "Trumpbodycount" and "Clintonbodycount" began trending on Twitter. One Trump administration official wrote on social media that Epstein had been "Hillary'd". The Clintons responded that the conspiracy theory was "ridiculous." Death of financier | Epstein's final days Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, fanned the flames. He said: "What a lot of us want to know is, what did he know? How on earth is he not under special protection? What's really going on here?" A former inmate at the jail in Manhattan, where drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was once held, said: "There’s no way that man [Epstein] could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility." What happens to the Epstein case? His death means the criminal case against Epstein, in which he was charged with trafficking underage girls for sex, is over. However, the charges included that he was part of a "conspiracy" and prosecutors made clear they would continue to pursue any alleged co-conspirators. That means other individuals in Epstein's orbit could still be charged with crimes. The focus now is on associates of Epstein who have been accused either of having sex with teenage girls, or procuring them for Epstein and others. Adam Citron, a former New York prosecutor, told The Daily Telegraph the prosecutors might "absolutely" want to speak to the Duke and Ms Maxwell, as witnesses as they built up a picture of Epstein's world. The prosecutors in New York believe a flood of new information could emerge as employees of Epstein who signed non disclosure agreements during his lifetime may now feel free to talk. However, Epstein's estate could still sue them if they breach the agreements by speaking. Will the alleged victims be compensated? Epstein was worth hundreds of millions of dollars and lawyers for the alleged victims immediately called for his estate to be frozen, saying they will sue his estate. Several of Epstein's accusers said they were disappointed that the financier would not face them in court or serve a long prison sentence if convicted. They called on federal authorities to investigate associates of Epstein for any role in his activities. Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer representing one accuser, said in a statement that "the reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end" with Epstein's death. Jennifer Araoz Another accuser, Jennifer Araoz, who came forward after the new charges were filed, said she was angered by Epstein's suicide. Ms Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his New York mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15. "We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people," she said. Eva Ford, mother of alleged Epstein victim Courtney Wild, questioned why Epstein was not being monitored more closely. “How does someone who is this high profile commit suicide?” Ford told the Miami Herald. “They had to have cameras on him! Someone must have been paid to look the other way.”



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Jeffrey Epstein: Justice Department launches investigation into accused sex trafficker's apparent suicide amid mounting conspiracy theories

Jeffrey Epstein: Justice Department launches investigation into accused sex trafficker's apparent suicide amid mounting conspiracy theoriesThe US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced billionaire accused of operating an international sex trafficking ring while abusing countless young girls. Epstein, 66, was found on Saturday morning unresponsive inside a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan, according to the US Bureau of Prisons. He was pronounced dead at the New York Downtown Hospital shortly after, ABC News reported. Attorney general William Barr said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death in a statement announcing the Justice Department’s inspector general would be investigating the circumstances of the apparent suicide. “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” the attorney general said. “Mr Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”“In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the inspector general who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death,” the statement continued. There was no official confirmation by Sunday afternoon that Epstein had in fact died by suicide, although numerous reports said officials believed he hanged himself. Just three weeks earlier, the billionaire – who was scheduled to stand trial next year over sex trafficking and conspiracy charges – was found unresponsive in his cell with seemingly self-inflicted bruises on his neck. The lack of official confirmation led to a brewing of right-wing conspiracy theories alleging the reported death had something to do with Bill Clinton, the former US president, who once was a prominent member of the billionaire’s inner circle, along with other world leaders and powerful elite. The conspiracy theories were given a speakerphone by the White House, as Donald Trump retweeted posts that appeared to refute the death being a suicide while linking Mr Clinton to Epstein. “Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH? Yeah right!” One tweet read that the president shared, despite reports indicating Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton [and] no he’s dead,” the tweet continued. > Pedophiles facing federal criminal charges are at high risk for suicide. It happened in several of my Maryland cases when defendants were released on bail. Detained pedophiles require special attention. Stopping people from harming themselves is difficult. t.co/YK4buPXmR9> > — Rod Rosenstein (@RodRosenstein) > > August 10, 2019Hashtags like EpsteinSuicideCoverUp and TrumpsBodyCount were also trending on Twitter across the country on Sunday afternoon. Mr Trump himself has been photographed and seen on video with Epstein, in one instance ogling women at a party with the billionaire in front of media cameras. Epstein was facing 45 years in prison over accusations he sexually abused dozens of underage girls, with many of those victims now expressing frustration over the billionaire’s reported death. “I am extremely mad and hurt thinking he once again thought he was above us and took the easy way out … I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that’s really true,” Jena-Lisa Jones, who was allegedly raped by Epstein at the age of 14, said in a statement to ABC News. “God will have his judgement now.”“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Jennifer Araoz, who said she was raped by Epstein at the age of 15, also told the news outlet. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people.”Epstein’s suicide watch reported ended after July following daily psychological assessments, CNN reported. He had since been living in the Special Housing Unit of the jail. According to Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general, “paedophiles facing federal criminal charges are at high risk for suicide”.The former official wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “It happened in several of my Maryland cases when defendants were released on bail.“Detained paedophiles require special attention,” said Mr Rosenstein, who previously served as a US attorney in Maryland. “Stopping people from harming themselves is difficult.”



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Donald Trump fuels conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide

Donald Trump fuels conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicideJeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison on Saturday has launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years.  Fuelled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people, online theorists quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation – including some retweeted by President Donald Trump – that Epstein’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked. That chatter picked up on the conjecture that resurged after Epstein’s July 6 arrest on allegations that he orchestrated a sex-trafficking ring designed to bring him teenage girls. Some of his accusers have described being sexually abused by the wealthy financier’s friends and acquaintances. The combination created fertile ground for theories and misinformation to breed on social media. Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial next year. Death of financier | Epstein's final days His relationships with Mr Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew were at the centre of those online rumours and theories, many of which question what politicians knew about Epstein’s alleged sex crimes. Mr Trump retweeted a message from conservative actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who suggested Epstein’s death might be linked to Mr Clinton. Williams also questioned how Epstein could have died by suicide if he had been on suicide watch. The claim is completely unsubstantiated, and, according to reports, officials say Epstein had been placed on suicide watch last month but then taken off within a week. Clinton spokesman Angel Urena responded on Twitter: “Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s cabinet to remove him from office. Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet? t.co/Pa8M8pAenr— Angel Ureña (@angelurena) August 11, 2019 Many theories have already been easily debunked. For example, days after his arrest online memes and Facebook statuses wrongly claimed the Obama administration, in order to protect former President Clinton, forged a once-secret deal in 2008 in Florida that allowed him to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution to avoid more serious charges. The deal was actually executed before President Barack Obama took office, under former President George W. Bush. Meanwhile, a manipulated photo , shared by thousands on Twitter and Facebook, falsely claimed to show Epstein with Mr Trump and a young Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter. Both Mr Clinton and Mr Trump have denied being privy to Epstein’s alleged scheme. Mr Urena said the former president "knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York." He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Mr Clinton took four trips on Epstein’s plane with multiple stops and that staff and his Secret Service detail travelled on every leg. Hey @realDonaldTrump, you were friends with Jeffrey Epstein and were at parties with him. His death happened under your watch. Before you tweet out conspiracy theories, you may want to first talk with your AG Bill Barr and your head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. t.co/YZXV8oaAKS— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 10, 2019 Mr Trump has acknowledged knowing Epstein but said he "had a falling out with him a long time ago." Other Epstein theories floating online have been darker, especially after Epstein was found injured on the floor of his cell last month with bruises on his neck. Some online commentators described it as a "murder attempt." "Men in high places want Epstein dead," one Twitter use wrote. Other politicians also took to social media to question the circumstances. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the state where some of Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse crimes took place, suggested the possibility that others might have been involved in Epstein’s death when he called on corrections officials to explain what happened at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan. "The Federal Bureau of Prisons must provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice to his victims," he tweeted. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now an attorney for Trump, tweeted out several questions about Epstein’s death. "Who was watching? What does camera show? … Follow the motives" Giuliani tweeted Saturday afternoon. What does the word watch mean in the phrase suicide Watch? Who was watching? What does camera show? It is inconceivable Epstein could have hung himself if there was a suicide Watch? Follow the motives.— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 10, 2019 The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said. "Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered," Barr said in a news release. Epstein’s suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan. "One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured," he tweeted. Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami. Epstein’s lawyers maintained that the new charges in New York were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.



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