FBI, DOJ Inspector General investigating death of Jeffrey Epstein

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) are investigating the death of disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a New York prison.

In a statement on Saturday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody.”

He added, “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. 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.”

Authorities found Epstein unresponsive from an apparent suicide in his cell in the Special Housing Unit at the  Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan. Responding staff requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which transported Epstein to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney remains committed to standing for Epstein’s victims

Last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York indicted Epstein for allegedly sex trafficking minors years ago. He pleaded not guilty and was held at the MCC awaiting trial.