Attorney General William Barr Drops Major Bombshell on Jeffrey Epstein Death, Attorney General William Barr said in an interview on Friday that he is personally skeptical of the circumstances surrounding the death of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein but that he came to conclude that the suicide was “I can understanJeffrey Epstein but that he came to conclude that the suicide was “I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,” Barr told The Associated Press.
The AP noted that Barr “personally reviewed security footage that confirmed that no one entered the area where Epstein was housed on the night he died.”
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“I think it was important to have a roommate in there with him and we’re looking into why that wasn’t done, and I think every indication is that was a screw-up,” Barr continued. “The systems to assure that was done were not followed.
Barr’s comments come after Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that the FBI is investigating whether a “criminal enterprise” played any role in Epstein’s death.
Attorney General William Barr Drops Major Bombshell on Jeffrey Epstein Death
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, asked Sawyer: “With a case this high profile, there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both, is the FBI looking at both?”
Sawyer responded: “The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes.”
Sawyer also cast doubt on any conspiracy theories suggesting that Epstein was murdered when she was asked by Graham, “Do you concur with the opinion that it was a suicide?”
“That was the finding of the coroner,” Sawyer responded.
“Do you have any evidence to suggest otherwise?” Graham pressed.
“I do not,” Sawyer replied.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 on federal charges that accused him of operating a child sex trafficking enterprise from 2002 to 2005. On July 23, authorities found Epstein on the floor of his jail cell with injury marks on his neck believed to have been the result of a possible suicide attempt. Epstein was subsequently placed on suicide watch for a short period of time before being returned to his jail cell. Epstein was found dead in his cell on August 10 after the guards who were charged with monitoring him allegedly did not check on him for hours.
“Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple,” The Washington Post reported in reference to Epstein’s autopsy. “Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.”
“The hyoid bone in the neck being fractured and other fractures in the neck, make it more likely, and again, this is a percentage call, more likely that it was a homicide than a suicide,” Dr. Marc Siegel, a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, told Fox News. “It can either be a suicide or a homicide still … I am now more suspicious than ever that this could be a homicide. That answer is going to come to us because if someone attacked, you see signs of the attack on the body … It hasn’t been released yet. I’m waiting to see that.”
.@LindseyGrahamSC on Jeffrey Epstein: "Do you concur with the opinion that it was a suicide?”
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Sawyer: “That was the finding of the coroner."
Graham: "Do you have any evidence to suggest otherwise?"
Sawyer: "I do not." pic.twitter.com/2aBK0YWXuP
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 19, 2019