US Attorney General William Barr is reportedly “appalled” and “livid” that Jeffrey Epstein has apparently committed suicide in a high-security federal penitentiary located in Manhattan.
“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. 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 stated.
The New York City medical examiner’s office has stated that an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. But the death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after being found injured in his cell. Epstein was in his own cell at the time of his death and was no longer on suicide watch.
The Bureau of Prisons has announced that the FBI has launched an investigation into the apparent suicide of Epstein.
“The FBI is investigating the incident,” said the bureau.
Epstein’s death came one day after a trove of documents were unsealed that implicated several powerful and high- profile people in Epstein’s alleged sex traffic ring.
The Bureau of Prison statement said that the disgraced financier was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The statement referred to Epstein’s death as an “apparent suicide.”
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing several of Epstein’s accusers, stated that she and the victims would have “preferred he lived to face justice.”
“Our civil cases can still proceed against his estate,” she said in a tweet. “Victims deserve to be made whole for the lifelong damage he caused. We’re just getting started.”
One of Bloom’s clients in the Epstein case also released a statement via Bloom.
“I will never have a sense of closure now,” it read. “I’m angry as hell that a prison could have allowed this to happen and that I and his other victims will never see him face the consequences for his horrendous actions. I hope that whoever allowed this to happen also faces some type of consequence. You stole from us, the huge piece of healing that we needed to move on with our lives.”
Activist and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky tweeted her condolences to Epstein’s victims.
“To all those young women who may be suffering today as a result of Epstein’s death, I send my love + supportive thoughts,” she said. “May your core strength + emotional stability be nearby.”