Attorney General William Barr says he and the Department of Justice were “appalled” and “frankly angry” at the death of Jeffrey Epstein at a New York City jail over the weekend. He blamed the Metropolitan Correctional Center for failing to “adequately secure this prisoner.”
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Barr told a national policing conference in New Orleans on Monday morning.
Barr said he was “appalled” and “angry” to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s “failure to adequately secure this prisoner.”
Barr announced on Saturday that the FBI and the Justice Department’s internal watchdog would investigate Epstein’s death.
Epstein’s cell was not regularly monitored the night he was believed to have killed himself, and the two guards monitoring the unit he was held in were both on overtime.
Monday, Barr said that the case against Epstein would continue.
“Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it,” Barr said.
Epstein, 66, was facing federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail at the federal facility where he died.
On Friday, a federal judge in New York unsealed thousands of pages of documents from a lawsuit against Epstein. The documents alleged that Epstein and his longtime assistant, Ghislaine Maxwell, operated an international sex trafficking ring of underage girls. Several well-known international figures are identified in the documents.
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