Bill Barr is not happy and that could spell doom for certain high ranking Democrats – Bill Richardson and George Mitchell for two.
Epstein was technically under DOJ care while awaiting trial so this is Bill Barr’s jurisdiction. And Bill Barr wants answers.
He confirmed the FBI has opened an investigation into Epstein’s death and he just confirmed he ordered a new investigation via the Inspector General.
Remember – Epstein’s safe was seized so if there was any funny business Barr has plenty of evidence to use.
From The Hill: Attorney General William Barr on Saturday decried the death of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody while he awaited charges on sex trafficking, saying the apparent suicide “raises serious questions.”
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement.
“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,” Barr added.
Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch in late July after a possible suicide attempt when he was found unconscious in his jail cell with marks around his neck. However, reports Saturday indicated he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced earlier Saturday morning that the FBI would investigate his death at the Manhattan jail where he was being held awaiting trial.
Epstein, who was being held on federal sex trafficking charges, was transported Saturday morning from the jail to a hospital in Lower Manhattan. Upon arrival, he was in cardiac arrest, people familiar with the matter say.
The Department of Justice said Epstein was pronounced dead at the hospital. The FBI is investigating his death.
The FBI, which is investigating his death, does not normally look into suicides at a federal Bureau of Prisons facility, but given the nature of this case and out of an “abundance of caution” it has undertaken this probe, a senior law enforcement official said.
There is nothing at this point to suggest foul play in Epstein’s death.