The suicide of alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continues to mystify the nation, and how the 66-year-old was able to kill himself while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY is now under FBI investigation, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr has opened up an official probe into the case. According to the Times, the official says the Justice Department was told Epstein would have a cellmate and be monitored by a guard every 30 minutes.
But given Epstein's death by apparent suicide Saturday in a Manhattan jail on new sex-trafficking charges, Mara should toss that provision, said the accusers' lawyer, Brad Edwards, in new court papers. The FBI and office of the inspector general are doing just that.
The New York City chief medical examiner released a statement today saying that an autopsy has been performed on Jeffrey Epstein and the results are "pending further information". Previously he was convicted for paying for sex with an underage girl and given an 18-month prison sentence.
Epstein was found in his cell at the facility Saturday morning, according to the officials, who was briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.
"'We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC", Barr said in a statement, "and we will hold people accountable for this failure".
"We can not confirm rumors as to his cause of death, and we trust that the United States Attorney's Office and the United States Marshals will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of this tragedy".
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The House Judiciary Committee's demand for information comes as Attorney General William Barr announced Saturday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department's internal watchdog would investigate Epstein's death.
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president "knows nothing about the bad crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in NY".
Following the unexpected suicide of the main suspect in a high-profile under-age sex trafficking case, numerous questions arose about how a person placed on suicide watch two weeks ago had managed to kill himself in his cell. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment Sunday.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University School of Law on July 23, 2019 in New York City.
But prosecutors forged a deal with the financier in 2008 and Epstein avoided federal charges - which could have seen him face life in prison.