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‘How convenient’: Skepticism, calls for investigation after Jeffrey Epstein found dead

August 10, 2019 - 1:36 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Filmmaker Michael Moore and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough are among the people reacting to the sudden death of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found unconscious in his jail cell Saturday as he faced sex trafficking charges. Officials said he hanged himself in his cell and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“Authorities couldn’t keep Epstein alive by putting him under 24 hour surveillance? How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men,” Scarborough wrote on Twitter

“I guess they think a country dumb enough to elect Trump is stupid enough to believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. Or not,” Moore wrote on Twitter. “Love that they did it on the traditional Friday night/early Saturday morning “document dump” time when they know the fewest people will follow it.”

“Malignant narcissists like Epstein -- the last thing they do is get rid of the thing they LOVE the most: themselves,” Moore said in another tweet.

Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s apparent suicide and that the DOJ Office of Inspector General is opening an investigation into the circumstances of his death.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said his sudden death should be reviewed.

“We would have preferred obviously him to face justice, but it’s always sad that someone doesn’t survive suicide,” Gillibrand said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez simply wrote: “We need answers. Lots of them.”

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents some of Epstein’s alleged victims, said “we would have preferred he lived to face justice.”

“Dead men tell no tales. Just as Jeffrey Epstein starts to name names, he decides to kill himself? Mkay. Totally believable,” Republican consultant Harlan Hill said.

“Oh, what a convenient death for many rich & powerful...” Republican strategist Ana Navarro-Cárdenas wrote.

Public defender Scott Hechinger said he’s “not into conspiracy theories.”

“But Epstein had destructive information on an extraordinary number of extraordinarily powerful people. It is not easy to commit suicide in prison. Especially after being placed on suicide watch. Especially after already allegedly trying,” Hechinger said on Twitter.

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens called it “unbelievable and suspicious.”

Attorney Seth Abramson said Epstein’s death has people on both side of the political aisle asking questions.

“Looks like we just found the first thing in a *long* while that Democrats and Republicans agree on: the death of Jeffrey Epstein in DOJ custody after a suicide attempt and his removal from suicide watch is *fantastically* suspicious and must be *robustly* investigated by the FBI,” Abramson wrote on Twitter.

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