Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jeffrey Epstein’s death prompts 23 questions to Prisons Bureau from Democrats, GOP

Jeffrey Epstein’s death prompts 23 questions to Prisons Bureau from Democrats, GOP

"Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", Barr said, speaking at an event in New Orleans on Monday.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, and Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the panel's top Republican, sent the Bureau of Prisons' acting director, Hugh Hurwitz, a letter on Monday with almost two dozen questions about Epstein's confinement, his monitoring before his death and his removal from suicide watch.

He said: "I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was frankly angry, to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner".

"The Attorney General has stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the results of their inquiries", Nadler and Collins wrote.

He added: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

"You do hear different people asking questions and they want to know who else was involved in Epstein's crimes or even just activities", Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Sunday. "Victims deserve justice and will get it".

But prosecutors forged a deal with the financier in 2008 and Epstein avoided federal charges - which could have seen him face life in prison.

He was facing charges of sex trafficking of minors and of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, which would have carried a maximum of 45 years in prison. Epstein pleaded not guilty. Alex Acosta, Trump's labor secretary, resigned over the matter, having been the United States attorney in Miami when the controversial plea deal was brokered a decade ago. Epstein was accused of paying girls as young as 14 for sex, and then using them to draw in other victims.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found in his cell a little over two weeks ago with bruises on his neck, a person familiar with the jail's operations told The Associated Press. All have denied any wrongdoing.

Attorney General William Barr condemned the "serious irregularities" at the MCC and demanded a "thorough investigation". He also shared a tweet claiming that "top Democrats, including Bill Clinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein's 'pedophilia island'".

"In addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the [DoJ] inspector general who is opening an investigation".

Epstein's removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility's chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

It has widely been reported that the Manhattan jail in which Epstein was held has been operating without sufficient staffing. Mr Epstein was reportedly left alone early Saturday after his cellmate was transferred.

There is also continued mystery around the results of Epstein's recent autopsy.

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