Attorney General William Barr ratcheted up his criticism of the Bureau of Prisons Monday in the wake of Saturday's apparent suicide of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Days after his death in a USA jail, the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking ring continues with new focus on the people who may have assisted in what authorities have called a rampant sexual abuse of underage girls.
Epstein's death cut short a prosecution that could have pulled back the curtain on his activities and his connections to celebrities and presidents, though Barr vowed Monday that the case will continue "against anyone who was complicit with Epstein". "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it".
The multi-millionaire, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked underage girls for sex.
Attorney General William Barr has expressed outrage that Epstein was able to take his own life Saturday while under the care of the federal Bureau of Prisons while the inmate was facing sex trafficking charges.
The Justice Department said the warden of another facility in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at MCC.
The Bureau of Prisons did not respond to repeated requests for details about Epstein's death.
On Monday, two French government ministers also called for an investigation into Epstein, saying a U.S. probe into the accused child sex trafficker had revealed links between Epstein and France.
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"Jeffrey Epstein's victims have once again been cheated out of an opportunity for justice", said Jack Scarola, a West Palm Beach, Florida, lawyer who represents some of Epstein's alleged victims.
The Justice Department also didn't identify the two prison staffers who have been reassigned as the investigations move ahead.
US Attorney General William Barr. Barr cited "serious irregularities at this facility", but did not offer specifics.
Wexner also said he and his family had decided Epstein should step back from managing their finances by the fall of 2007 after sexual misconduct allegations emerged, and severed ties after discovering that their money was misused. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy".
Perhaps one of those more qualified predictions came from Larry Lavine, a former federal prisoner turned prison consultant who stayed at a similar facility, and predicted that Epstein would be found dead from an apparent suicide.
But officials tell The Associated Press and The New York Times that Epstein was found hanged with a bedsheet around his neck. The two guards who were assigned to the Special Housing Unit where Epstein's cell was located were both working overtime, according to sources, and reportedly did not follow the protocol requiring them to check on Epstein every 30 minutes.
An autopsy was performed Sunday but the cause of death was not revealed pending further analysis.
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"He's not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein's ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida", Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a July statement.