Attorney General Bill Barr is appalled over Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide and believes it raises serious questions that must be answered.
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Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was being held in a Manhattan jail awaiting federal sex trafficking charges, died early Saturday from an apparent suicide, according to federal authorities.
After being found “unresponsive in his cell” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center at around 6:39 a.m. and receiving life-saving measures, Epstein was transported to nearby New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement by the MCC.
It referred to his death as an “apparent suicide.”.
Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” that Epstein’s died of apparent suicide while in federal custody at the MCC, which is part of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility under the Department of Justice.
“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.”
Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska, in turn, took Barr to task over the affair with a stinging letter to the attorney general demanding that “heads must roll.”
“Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him,” wrote Sasse, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Three weeks ago, Epstein was found unconscious in his cell at the center. He had suffered injuries to his neck in what appeared to be a suicide attempt or jailhouse assault.
A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch.
The New York Times, quoting a person familiar with Epstein’s detention, reported that he was removed from suicide watch July 29 and returned to the special housing unit, which has extra security.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com