US: Attorney General orders investigation into minors-sex-trafficker Epstein’s death by suicide in jail
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, died by suicide in a Manhattan jail on Saturday, August 10, as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors.
Attorney General William Barr released a statement through the Department of Justice on Saturday announcing the the Office of the Inspector General would launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death by apparent suicide while in federal custody.
Epstein, a 66-year-old wealthy financier charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:30 a.m., and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead after staff “immediately” started “life-saving procedures.” The death was by hanging, The New York Times reported. Epstein, who pleaded not guilty, was being held without bail while he awaited trial.
A source told CBS News’ White House Correspondent Paula Reid that Barr was “livid” to learn that Epstein had died, and in his statement Barr wrote that he was “appalled.”
Barr said Epstein’s death “raises serious questions that must be answered.” The inspector general investigation is in addition to the previously announced FBI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the convicted sex offender’s death.