Days after Jeffrey Epstein’s death, a 2016 report by a CBS affiliate that lists 47 “Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously” has resurfaced.
The millionaire financier, 66, was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday while awaiting trial for child sex trafficking. Although Epstein appeared to have hung himself, several government investigations are ongoing.
Meanwhile, speculation about Epstein’s death has proliferated online, with many pointing to his powerful friends, including former President Bill Clinton.
#ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily were trending on Twitter on Saturday, reviving longstanding conspiracy theories alleging that the Clintons murdered their political opponents.
On Tuesday, social media users began circulating the CBS Las Vegas article, headlined “The List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously. Check It Out.” The author is conservative talk radio host Heidi Harris.
New York Times opinion writer Charlie Warzel even took note, tweeting a screen grab of the article, commenting: “Here’s something wild. There’s a story going viral on Facebook.”
Here's something wild. There's a story going viral on Facebook. Headline is "The List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously. Check It Out." And at first glance it seems to be from a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas from 2016. pic.twitter.com/n1iNRTgDsa
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) August 13, 2019
“The List of Clinton Associates Who Allegedly Died Mysteriously”
Among the “mysteriously” deceased listed by Harris was James McDougal. He and his wife partnered with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the real estate venture that led to the 199os Whitewater investigation. McDougal cooperated with the federal probe of the then-president and first lady and was later jailed for a related conviction on charges of fraud and conspiracy. He died in solitary confinement in 1998, age 57.
Also that year, Mary Mahoney, 25, a former intern in the Clinton White House, was gunned down in a Starbucks chain that she managed. Nothing was taken. It was suspected that she was about to testify about sexual harassment at the White House, though that has never been proved.
In 1996, then-Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, 54, died along with the 34 other passengers when their plane crashed into a Croatian mountainside. An Air Force inquiry blamed the crash on pilot error and a poorly designed landing approach. But a deputy medical examiner with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology identified what he said may have been a bullet hole in Brown’s head. He alleged that the pathologist who examined Brown’s body hastily ruled out the possibility Brown had been shot. The original X-rays of Brown’s head went missing, though there were copies.
Some conservatives have seized on Harris’ list to build a timeline of alleged Clinton hits, suggesting that Epstein belongs at the end.
The Jeffrey Epstein case
A number of oversights and oddities surrounding Epstein’s death have given the skeptics plenty of fodder. Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday expressed anger about the “serious irregularities, which he said were “deeply concerning” and “demand a thorough investigation.
”We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” he pledged.