Attorney General William Barr said Saturday he’s “appalled” by the death of Jeffrey Epstein and that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General would be opening an investigation.
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs.
“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,” Barr added.
In a press release earlier in the day, the Justice Department’s Federal Bureau of Prisons announced the FBI would be looking into Epstein’s death.
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In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, Trump official Lynne Patton appeared to float a conspiracy theory insinuating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had something to do with Epstein’s death.
“Hillary’d!!” Patton wrote in the post, which was accompanied by a screenshot from a Daily Mail report about Epstein’s death.
Epstein dead of an apparent suicide
Epstein, 66, was found dead in a Manhattan jail on Saturday of an apparent suicide, multiple outlets reported.
Three officials told NBC News the enigmatic millionaire hung himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. He was discovered at 7:30 a.m., according to the sources.
In late July, Epstein reportedly attempted to end his life. Sources told NBC News that on July 23 he was found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck. Two sources told NBC News then that Epstein was on suicide watch.
However, NBC News reported on Saturday that Epstein was not on suicide watch when he was found in his cell.
Epstein was in jail facing federal sex trafficking charges.
Jennifer Araoz, who was allegedly raped by Epstein when she was 15-years-old, released a statement in response to his death.
“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Araoz said.
Epstein’s death comes a day after court documents revealed high-profile names allegedly involved in sex trafficking ring
The day before Epstein’s body was discovered, court documents revealed that one of Epstein’s alleged victims said that he trafficked her to a number of powerful men, including two prominent Democratic politicians.
The revelations came Friday when the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed more than 2,000 documents related to Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell, his former girlfriend. The papers include affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a defamation lawsuit the woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Maxwell in 2015.
Fox News reported that two of the men Giuffre accused in her depositions were former Sen. George Mitchell, who served in the Obama administration, and ex-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who was a Clinton cabinet official.