MSNBC News Host Joe Scarborough Criticized For Tweeting Conspiracy Theories Following Jeffrey Epstein's Apparent Suicide

MSNBC News Host Joe Scarborough is the target of critics after posting conspiracy-driven tweets on Saturday in the wake of Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide.

The Morning Joe co-host tweeted, "Authorities couldn't keep Epstein alive by putting him under 24 hour surveillance? How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men."

A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably...Russian.

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 10, 2019

Scarborough insinuated that rich and powerful people are likely at ease considering Epstein's death, calling the incident "predictably...Russian."

"A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men's lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably...Russian," he tweeted, adding to a slew of conspiracy theories regarding Epstein's death.

CNN Reporter Andrew Kaczynski condemned Scarborough's tweets, saying, "Reckless speculation like this from someone with a platform and voice as large as yours is as irresponsible as it gets."

Jerry Dunleavy, a reporter for the DC Examiner said on Twitter, "Evidence-free conspiracy mongering from a prominent news anchor seems problematic!"

Evidence-free conspiracy mongering from a prominent news anchor seems problematic!

— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) August 10, 2019

MSNBC did not respond to an immediate request for comment.

In addition to his thoughts, Scarborough retweeted filmmaker Brian Koppelman who said with little authority, "Epstein suicide. Sure. Seems likely. Probably what happened. Hey, folks, we're Russia now. Enjoy it."

Koppelman continued: "Look. I have studied powerful people and criminals for a long time. Even if there's 'photographic evidence' there is no way this was suicide.

Having someone killed or hurt in jail can be as simple as leaving them unprotected. As simple as paying someone outside the jail."

In reference to Epstein's alleged suicide attempt in July, Scarborough said, "He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bull****."

Joe Scarborough
MSNBC 'Morning Joe' hosts Joe Scarborough (R) and Mika Brzezinski are interviewed by philanthropist and financier David Rubenstein during a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics event in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives July 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Epstein — who was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center — was pronounced dead Saturday at a local hospital following an apparent suicide. Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail. The facility is widely considered to be one of the most secure in the country.

Epstein's death comes a day after hundreds of pages of court documents were released that revealed new allegations against him and some of his associates. It's not yet clear how Epstein's death will affect the investigation into his abuse of countless underage girls or the potential consequences for his accomplices.

There is no evidence that Russian interference or any other unfounded conspiracies have any connection to Epstein's death.