Navy SEAL: 'Epstein Didn't Kill Himself'
Mike Ritland says Clinton-linked sex offender 'didn't kill himself' during interview
A former Navy SEAL, who appeared on Fox News during a separate discussion, suddenly declared that deceased sex offender Jeffrey "Epstein didn't kill himself" at the end of the live interview.
Warrior Dog Foundation founder Mike Ritland, a military dog expert and ex-SEAL, caught host Jesse Watters off guard with his off-script statement.
Ritland was a guest on Fox News' "Watters World" discussing "hero dog" Conan, the heroic Belgian Malinois that helped US troops take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a special operation in Syria.
At the end of the interview, about military dogs, Ritland asked if he could give a public service announcement (PSA) to viewers.
"If you see the coverage, and you decide, 'I want one of these dogs'," a straight-faced Ritland says into the camera, "either buy a fully trained and finished dog from a professional, or just don't get one at all.... and Epstein didn't kill himself."
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“Alright,” host Jesse Waters initially replied, quickly breaking into laughter as it appeared to sink in what the former SEAL had said.
“OK. Thank you for that commentary,” Watters said, still chuckling.
“Maybe more on that later,” he smiled as the segment ended.
Jeffrey Epstein’s death in his Manhattan lockup in August has long sparked conspiracy theories about how he died.
Claims about the convicted sex offender's death were heightened last Wednesday when famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden claimed the politically-connected moneyman was murdered by strangulation.
“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” Baden, who monitored the autopsy on behalf of Epstein’s brother, insisted on Fox News.
However, the city’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, dismissed his claims later the same day.
“Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement.
“We stand by the determination.”
Ritland, who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, started the Warrior Dog Foundation “with the sole purpose of giving back to the Special Operations K-9 Community,” his website says.
“The Warrior Dog Foundation helps to transition these K-9 heroes from an operational environment into our state-of-the-art kennel facility,” it says.
The foundation treats each dog with “dignity and grace” for the rest of their lives.
The charity also wants to start a scholarship fund for the families of handlers who are wounded or killed, as well as start a museum for service dogs.