- George Santos claimed to have met Jeffrey Epstein in a resurfaced podcast interview from August 2020.
- In the interview, Santos pushed the conspiracy theory that Epstein was murdered.
- Santos also entertained the implausible idea that Epstein could still be alive.
Santos, who at the time of the interview was a congressional candidate, also entertained the conspiracy theory that Epstein could still be alive.
“I met Epstein in a couple of private equity conferences,” Santos said on the conservative podcast “The Rory Sauter Show” in August 2020. “I’ve never dealt with him personally, but I’ve met him, I’ve seen him.”
Santos went on to share one of the many popular conspiracy theories about the death of the financier, making the disproven claim that Epstein was murdered and could not have possibly died by suicide. (At the time of his death, Epstein was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors.)
“The whole story is just so skewed,” Santos said. “He didn’t hang himself, he was murdered.”
Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide by hanging, with New York’s chief medical officer ruling out foul play.
Medical experts, speaking to CNN at the time, said the autopsy findings were consistent with suicide by hanging.
Later in the podcast interview Santos entertained the implausible idea that Epstein could still be alive.
“I wouldn’t put it past me that he’s still walking around us and we’re all like, ‘Oh my god, the guy is alive,’ and we can’t tell,” he said. “You know what, it’s 2020, anything can happen.”
Past remarks made by Santos are resurfacing in the media as the embattled congressman is increasingly under scrutiny for fabricating key elements of his biography.
The GOP lawmaker also appears to have made up a story about his mother being present at 9/11, while also denying performing as a drag queen, despite there being ample evidence to suggest that he did.