The Home Judiciary Committee has launched a bipartisan investigation into the circumstances behind the latest jail dying of accused intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rating Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) despatched a letter Monday to the Bureau of Prisons asking almost two dozen questions on Epstein’s obvious suicide over the weekend on the federal Metropolitan Correctional Middle in Decrease Manhattan.
“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 and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice,” the letter to the jail bureau’s appearing director, Hugh Hurwitz, mentioned.
The 23 questions embrace issues about Epstein’s surveillance, his detainment and his elimination from suicide watch after an alleged try final month. In addition they ask about BOP’s insurance policies associated to inmates thought-about a suicide threat and the way they had been carried out in Epstein’s case. The BOP is overseen by the Justice Division.
The committee’s letter requested that the BOP reply to the questions by Aug. 21, saying “it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible,” the letter mentioned.
Epstein died Saturday on the correctional heart’s high-security Particular Housing Unit. He had been awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking and conspiracy fees in a case that would have make clear the extremely linked financier’s ties to highly effective individuals. His dying has introduced many requires solutions and an investigation.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) wrote a scathing letter Saturday to Lawyer Normal William Barr saying that “heads must roll” after Epstein’s dying.
“Every single person in the Justice Department ― from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer ― knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him,” Sasse wrote.
Jail employees didn’t comply with protocols main as much as Epstein’s dying, based on a New York Occasions report. The Related Press reported that jail guards had been working excessive extra time shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his dying.
The Home Judiciary letter got here quickly after Barr mentioned that the Justice Division discovered “serious irregularities” at MCC and that he was indignant that jail staffers “failed to adequately secure this prisoner.” Barr mentioned investigations by his division and the FBI inspectors common are ongoing.
The New York Metropolis health worker accomplished the post-mortem on Epstein’s physique Sunday however mentioned the outcomes are pending additional info. Epstein’s representatives additionally had their very own pathologist observe the post-mortem, based on the Each day Beast.
Epstein averted federal prison fees 11 years in the past in Florida after he reached a plea settlement with then-U.S. Lawyer Alexander Acosta. He was required to register as a intercourse offender after being convicted of procuring an underage prostitute. He was sentenced to 13 months and was allowed to proceed commuting to work whereas serving his time.
Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown, who has written extensively in regards to the Epstein little one intercourse trafficking allegations, instructed MSNBC on Sunday that, regardless of Epstein’s obvious suicide, there are “thousands and thousands” of different paperwork linked to his case that would probably implicate co-conspirators.
A day earlier than Epstein’s dying, greater than 2,000 pages of paperwork had been launched associated to a now-settled lawsuit in opposition to Epstein’s ex-girlfriend by certainly one of his accusers. The paperwork include graphic allegations in opposition to Epstein and identify others who might have been concerned.
Epstein’s accusers have continued to name for justice within the wake of Epstein’s dying, urging prosecutors to proceed their case in opposition to him to honor the alleged victims.
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