Barr Doubles Down On Epstein’s Death: ‘We Will Get To The Bottom Of It’

In an address on Monday, Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” by the untimely death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and vowed to have the Department of Justice look into both the conditions surrounding his alleged suicide in federal prison and into the charges Epstein was facing at the time of his death.

Epstein was being charged with sex trafficking, which included abuse of underage girls, when he was found dead in his prison cell on Saturday morning.

“This sex trafficking case was very important to the Department of Justice and to me personally,” Barr told a law enforcement group in New Orleans via DailyMail. “Most importantly this case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward and deserve the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom.”

“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry to learn of the [Manhattan Correctional Center’s] failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” he said.

“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Barr added, ABC News reports.

“We will get to the bottom of it, and there will be accountability,” he added, saying others involved with Epstein’s illegal operations “should not rest easy.”

“Let me assure you that case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr continued. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Victims deserve justice and will get it.”

ABC News adds:

The day after Epstein’s death in prison, Barr announced he had asked the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to investigate the circumstances surrounding the matter, in addition to an FBI investigation that already launched. A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News on Sunday that Barr instructed FBI deputy director David Bowdich to update Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen every three hours on their investigation and that Rosen has been in constant communication with Barr.

“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr said in a statement Saturday. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”

And:

In addition to Barr, the House Judiciary Committee is also seeking answers over Epstein’s death. A bipartisan letter from the committee was sent to the Bureau of Prisons asking 23 questions related to the death of Epstein.

“The Attorney General has stated that the FBI 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,” according to the letter. “However, it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible.”