GOP congressman hides Twitter message: ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’

    Rep. Paul Gosar | Gage Skidmore, Flickr

    A Republican congressman from Arizona sent out a series of nearly two dozen tweets today that included a coded message declaring that deceased financier and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide, as officials in New York have concluded.

    Over the course of 23 tweets over nearly eight hours, beginning at about 5:20 a.m. Arizona time, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) sent out his coded message. The first letter in each tweet, beginning with the last one that was posted at 1:09 p.m., spells “E-P-S-T-E-I-N D-I-D-N-T K-I-L-L H-I-M-S-E-L-F.” 

    Gosar didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    The message was first publicized by Drew Morris, a staffer for U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

    Epstein died in August while in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. The city’s medical examiner determined he hanged himself in his cell, but a pathologist hired by the billionaire financier’s brother says the autopsy is more consistent with homicide than suicide. 

    Following that pathologist’s report, “Epstein didn’t kill himself” has become a meme, particularly in conservative circles and among conspiracy theorists. Since his death in August, prominent conservatives have posited – without evidence – that Epstein was killed by Bill and Hillary Clinton. At the same time, some on the left have wondered – also without evidence – if the Trump administration had him murdered. 

    Epstein had close ties to both former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump.

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    Gosar has a history of promoting conspiracy theories. In August, he retweeted a “clue” from the QAnon conspiracy theory. He is also backing the congressional campaign of Laura Loomer, a right-wing provocateur who has peddled conspiracy theories.

    After media reports about his hidden message in his tweets, Gosar joked about what he had done and the ensuing attention it brought him, not-so-subtly hiding the phrase “Area 51” in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

    This story first ran in the Advance‘s sister outlet, the Arizona Mirror. Read the original story here.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report.