In a speech to a law enforcement group in New Orleans, Attorney General William Barr disclosed that there appears to have been "serious irregularities" at the federal jail in New York where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide.
"I was appalled — and indeed, the whole department was — and frankly angry to learn of the... failure to adequately secure this prisoner," Barr said.
He referred to the irregularities as "deeply concerning," and demanded a "thorough investigation."
"This sex trafficking case was very important to DOJ and me personally," Barr said. The "FBI and office of DOJ IG will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability."
Barr's remarks came two days after Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at a federal detention center in New York. He was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.
"The apparent suicide of this high-profile and—if allegations are proven to be accurate—particularly reprehensible individual while in the federal government's custody demonstrates severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol," the letter said. It also alleges that Epstein's death "has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice."
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What to watch Tuesday
Billionaire 2020 Democratic candidate Tom Steyer joins Morning Joe Tuesday to discuss his run for president. Will the late entry to the race be able to make the third round of debates?
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