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 BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Thousands take to New York streets in solidarity after anti-Semitic attacks 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 TrumpComedians post fake Army recruitment posters featuring Trump Jr. Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll FWS: There's 'no basis' to investigate Trump Jr.'s Mongolian hunting trip 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 BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Barr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial 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.