by Zack Budryk · August 11, 2019
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday addressed President Trump’s retweet of conspiracy theories about the death of financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, saying on “Fox News Sunday” that he “wants everything to be investigated.”
Conway was responding to a question from Fox’s Bill Hemmer about Trump’s retweet of a post blaming, without evidence, Epstein’s death on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Clinton.
“I think the president just wants everything to be investigated,” she said.
Epstein died by apparent suicide this weekend while in jail.
The counselor to the president also defended Attorney General William Barr’s response to Epstein’s death and his vow to conduct a full investigation, telling Hemmer, “Everybody should be at least relieved when an attorney general takes action as quickly as Attorney General Barr did yesterday.”
Conway added that after the investigation into potential Russian collusion, it only made sense to investigate Epstein’s links to former President Clinton and former Sen. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.).
“This seems to be very concrete, so let’s continue to investigate,” she said.
She downplayed Trump’s own links to Epstein, saying the two of them merely appeared in a video clip together. The two were known to run in the same social circles in New York and Florida, and Trump told New York magazine in 2002, “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Trump told reporters in July that despite calling Epstein a “terrific guy” in 2002, he “had a falling out with [Epstein] a long time ago” and “was not a fan.”
The Hill · by Zack Budryk · August 11, 2019