De Blasio questions details surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's death: 'Something doesn't fit here'
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance: report NYC considering using parks as temporary burial sites: city councilman US attorney opposes release of inmates in DC MORE (D) on Thursday questioned the details surrounding the death of billionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, saying, “Something doesn’t fit here.”

“It just doesn’t make sense that the highest-profile prisoner in America, you know, someone forgot to guard him,” de Blasio told reporters, Politico reports. “I want to understand, I think everyone wants to understand, what really happened.”

He added: “I just don’t know what the nature of the death was. I just know it should never have happened, and we still don’t have good answers.”

De Blasio’s comments come a day after Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother to look into his death, said on “Fox & Friends” that there was “evidence here of homicide” and calling for further investigation into the incident.


New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson quickly responded, saying she stands “firmly” behind her determination that Epstein’s death in August was a hanging by suicide.

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTwitter says coronavirus disinformation spread by Chinese officials does not violate rules Former lawyer for trophy hunting group joins Trump administration A rarely used fine could limit the spread of the coronavirus to the United States MORE also was skeptical of the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, saying Thursday that “there’s a lot of coincidence there.”

"I'm not going to say yes or no, but a guy who's there, he's magically dead within hours of being off of suicide watch the two cameras that are on him happened to go out,” he said on a podcast. “The two guards just happen to. ... Man, it seems like a lot of coincidence.”

Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. His death was later ruled a suicide, but conspiracy theories swirled around the exact details surrounding Epstein’s death.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAppeals court sides with Trump on federal execution policy Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report Decentralized leadership raises questions about Trump coronavirus response MORE has promised an in-depth investigation into what took place, and the federal prison has faced heightened scrutiny over reports that guards who were supposed to watch Epstein didn’t check on him every 30 minutes like they were supposed to.