Ever since it was first reported in August that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had been found dead in his jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, plenty of people have been skeptical of the “official” conclusion that Epstein committed suicide.
Attorney General Bill Barr has stepped in to quell the conspiracy theory that “Epstein didn’t kill himself” by noting that he personally has looked into the matter and concluded that a “perfect storm of screw-ups” allowed Epstein the chance to kill himself.
“Perfect storm of screw-ups” led to Epstein’s death
Barr’s remarks came during an interview with The Associated Press while he was traveling to an event in Montana, Breitbart reported. The attorney general revealed that he, too, had been skeptical of the initial explanation of Epstein’s death.
The chief medical examiner confirmed that Epstein had hung himself while alone in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York. Given what he was accused of, and the number of rich, powerful elites who might be implicated in his alleged crimes of pedophilia, many suspected that he may have been murdered.
“I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,” Barr told the AP.
There were a lot of “screw-ups”
There does indeed appear to be several “screw-ups” that set the stage for Epstein’s untimely escape from justice, chief among them the fact that the two guards assigned to keep a close watch on him were apparently not adequately performing that duty. Those two guards — Tova Noel and Michael Thomas — have now been charged with falsifying prison records after an investigation revealed that instead of checking in on Epstein every 30 minutes, as required, they were instead sleeping or browsing the internet.
There was also the fact that Epstein had been initially placed on suicide watch following an alleged attempt at suicide in July, though that watch had reportedly been lifted about a week prior to his death.
Another apparent mistake is the fact that Epstein was left alone in his cell when he was supposed to have a cellmate at all times. As it turns out, his cellmate was reportedly transferred to a different part of the MCC on the day before Epstein was found dead, prior to a replacement cellmate being moved in.
“I think it was important to have a roommate in there with him and we’re looking into why that wasn’t done, and I think every indication is that was a screw-up,” the attorney general said. “The systems to assure that was done were not followed.”
Investigation will continue
There had also been initial reports that all of the security cameras in the area where Epstein was being held had either been turned off or malfunctioned. But Barr said he personally reviewed security camera footage of the area and confirmed that nobody had entered the area on the night of Epstein’s death.
As an aside, the attorney general also reiterated that despite Epstein’s death, the investigation into his alleged crimes would continue and any potential accomplices to those crimes would still be held accountable.
To be sure, some will continue to question the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, regardless of what Barr has to say, but his statements about what he personally learned about the case should go a long way toward putting the rumors and speculation to rest.