Donald Trump criticised for spreading Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theory

Democratic presidential contenders have criticised US President Donald Trump for promoting a conspiracy theory about the apparent suicide of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in his New York jail cell.

After Saturday’s death of Mr Epstein, a millionaire charged with sex trafficking who once counted Mr Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends, Mr Trump retweeted a claim from a conservative comedian that Mr Clinton was involved in the death.

Mr Trump retweeted Terrence K Williams, who said Mr Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead”.

The move drew criticism from Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, speaking on CNN’s State of the Union.

“This is another example of our President using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories,” Mr O’Rourke said.