1 Jeffrey Epstein Is Dead…And Conspiracy Theories Abound
What do we know for sure? Convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein is dead. What’s in question? If it was suicide…or something else. In the wake of the billionaire financier’s sudden demise, there is an Epstein conspiracy theory for just about everyone. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was one of the first to start spreading baseless theories when he compared the alleged suicide of the accused sex trafficker to a Russian hit job. Since then? Both sides are basing their theories on the fact Epstein was rich and mingled with powerful people, including President Trump and former President Clinton. The theories claim he was silenced to protect those people from exposure. Not helping matters? President Trump retweeting a theory that the Clintons were behind the death. The actual facts are these: Weeks after being found injured in his jail cell, Epstein was taken off suicide watch. Hours before being found dead, about two-thousand pages of court papers were made public. They detailed the depth of the sex-trafficking accusations against Epstein. While he was off suicide watch, he was still supposed to be checked every 30 minutes – apparently he wasn’t. Officials with New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Facility – for the moment – are saying that break in protocol was due to staffing shortages and low morale. In the meantime, the New York City Medical Examiner is not ready to make a determination on Epstein's death. A statement confirms an autopsy was completed, but said the cause of death "is pending further information at this time." According to experts, that’s typical for occasions when a prisoner’s death is in question. Federal authorities have launched two investigations into his death.
2 McAleenan Says Mississippi ICE Raids Still Under Investigation
Immigration officials are defending the recent immigration raids in Mississippi that resulted in 680 workers being detained. Of those taken into custody, more than 300 have since been released.considering the raids happened the same day that President Trump was visiting Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas – many are crying foul about the timing. But there are also questions about why the employers aren’t being prosecuted. On NBC's “Meet The Press,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says they're still investigating the bosses at food processing plants where the undocumented immigrants were working. He said the investigation is ongoing and cases against the employers will be pursued. As for the timing, while it may look bad – McAleenan says it’s coincidence and that “the timing was unfortunate.” He also pointed out that the result followed a yearlong investigation. “We’re in the middle of an ongoing investigation,” McAleenan explained. “You get a warrant from a federal judge with probable cause. You then go gather evidence at the sites. And then you look at the appropriate charges in concert with the Department of Justice and U.S. attorney to see how you proceed.”
3 Five Children Dead In Daycare Fire
Local officials in Erie, Pennsylvania have confirmed that five children perished in an early morning fire yesterday. The fire happened at a home that served as a daycare center – and Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski said they believe that four of the children were staying overnight at the facility. Several children were rescued from the home and one woman was flown to the hospital by helicopter. Fire Chief Guy Santone says the victims were between eight-months to roughly eight-years old. "I was just down there, there's flowers everywhere," Santone said about a memorial at the scene. "Nobody likes to see this, especially when it's kids." The investigation into what caused the blaze continues.