Attorney General William Barr on Monday, Aug. 12, said authorities will get to the bottom of what happened in both Jeffrey Epstein’s death and the ongoing investigation of the alleged sex crimes. The attorney general spoke at a police conference in New Orleans on Monday to address the issue.
“Before I begin, I would like to briefly address the news from the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) over the weekend regarding Jeffrey Epstein. This case was very important to the department. It was important to the dedicated prosecutors and agents who investigated the case and were preparing it for trial. Most importantly, this case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward and deserved the opportunity to confront the accused in court,” said Barr.
The attorney general also said, “I was appalled—indeed, the entire department was—and frankly angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner. We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation. The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are already doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC and we will hold people accountable for this failure.”
Barr also said, “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 we will ensure they get it.”
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early on Saturday morning, a former law enforcement official said on Saturday. He was found in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center, the official said, who was briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.
The fire department said it received a call at 6:39 a.m. Saturday and that Epstein was in cardiac arrest, and he was pronounced dead at New York Manhattan Hospital. The medical examiner’s office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein’s death. Epstein was awaiting trial on multiple sex-trafficking charges in New York.
Officials told The New York Times that Epstein was taken off suicide watch after a July 23 incident where he was found- semi-unconscious with injuries to his neck. It was unclear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or an attack by a cell inmate. Though they believed it was a suicide attempt they could not rule out an attack. The Justice Department was told after being taken off suicide watch, Epstein would be checked on every 30 mins by a prison guard on duty at the time. However, these procedures were not followed on the evening of Epstein’s possible suicide. It was reported he was alone in his cell and had not been checked for hours.
Barr said in his statement on Monday, making it clear that the case will not rest. He said, “The victims deserve justice and anyone complicit with Epstein will be held accountable.”