BEDMINSTER, N.J. — For once, Donald Trump finds himself in agreement with the mainstream media’s narrative surrounding a controversial topic: Jeffrey Epstein’s death.
In an interview that aired on Tucker Carlson’s Twitter feed on Wednesday, Trump told the former Fox News host: “It’s possible [he was killed]. I mean, I don’t really believe it. I think he probably committed suicide.”
The interview had racked up over 215 million views as of Thursday afternoon.
On August 10, 2019, Epstein was found dead on the floor of his Manhattan jail cell. The official report claimed that he had hung himself. Coincidentally, the cameras purportedly happened to malfunction during the time of his death – and the corrections officers were sleeping on the job.
At the time, Attorney General William Barr called the mysterious death as “a perfect storm of screw-ups” and the guards assigned to watch the cell were later charged with multiple counts of record falsification.
CARLSON: BILL BARR “CLEARLY” LIED
When asking Trump about the incident, Carlson accused Barr of lying.
“I read Barr’s account of this time, he wrote a book about it,” Carlson said – referring to Barr’s autobiography. “In it, he lies about Jeffrey Epstein’s death – clearly lies.”
Carlson then asked Trump: “Do you think Epstein killed himself? Sincerely.”
“I don’t know. I won’t say,” Trump responded initially, adding that he wasn’t familiar with Barr’s comments.
“He said he killed himself and they were going to do this investigation,” Carlson said. “They never did the investigation. It’s never been public and they hid it. Why are they doing that? Clearly Barr knew but why would Bill Barr be covering up the death of Jeffrey Epstein?”
“A CASE COULD BE MADE”
After Trump steered the conversation toward Barr’s unwillingness to investigate potential fraud during the 2020 election, Carlson pressed Trump for a definitive answer as to what he thought happened with Epstein.
“Do you think it’s possible that Epstein was killed?”
“Oh, sure, it’s possible,” Trump responded. “I mean, I don’t really believe it. I think he probably committed suicide.”
“He had a life with beautiful homes, beautiful everything. All of a sudden, he’s incarcerated and not doing very well. I would say that he did [kill himself].”
Trump went on to recognize the legitimacy of those who question the official narrative.
“A lot of people think he was killed,” Trump said. “He knew a lot on a lot of people.”
Carlson then declared that he was convinced Epstein was killed.
“Certainly, it wasn’t well done. They had no cameras, they had no anything. Everybody was sleeping,” Trump responded. “Look, I’m not going to get involved in it, but a case could be made either way.”
In October 2020, Trump was asked about Ghislaine Maxwell, the convicted sex offender who is said to have served as Epstein’s partner in the sex-trafficking and blackmail ring that he allegedly ran.
“I just wish her well, frankly,” Trump said at the time, acknowledging that he knew Maxwell. “I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.”