Alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died on Saturday in an apparent suicide. Now, federal officials want answers.
Attorney General William “Bill” Barr has reportedly directed the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate how such a high-profile prisoner could have died in federal custody — especially after a previous suicide attempt.
Barr wants answers
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr said in a statement. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”
Barr went on to say that “in addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
The nitty gritty
According to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Epstein was “found unresponsive in his cell” early Saturday morning.
He was later pronounced dead at the New York–Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Although no official cause of death has been issued, some officials have confirmed the apparent suicide.
If you remember, it was just in July that Epstein was said to have attempted suicide; he was found unconscious with marks on his neck. For this reason, he was placed on suicide watch.
But according to some, that suicide watch had ended before Epstein’s death.
A report by Reuters also alleges that on the night before Epstein died, prison guards failed to follow the standard procedure of checking up on prisoners every 30 minutes.
These developments have led many to question exactly what happened on Saturday morning — and now, Bill Barr has taken it upon himself to get to the bottom of it.
Only time will tell what his investigation finds.