Several members of Congress are calling for investigations following the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who faced federal sex trafficking charges before his death.
Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, called Epstein’s suicide an ‘impossibility’ that needed further congressional investigation.
‘When an impossibility occurs involving powerful people and possible criminality there must be an investigation to end speculation,’ Green wrote. ‘Because the public has a right to know, I’m calling for a congressional investigation.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., voiced concern about Epstein’s death.
‘We need answers. Lots of them,’ she wrote on Twitter. She then retweeted a post from former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, in which Mariotti says that the criminal probe into Epstein would conclude because ‘no one else was charged in the indictment.’
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., called on the Bureau of Prisons to ‘provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice to his victims.’
Attorney General William Barr on Saturday decried the death of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody while he awaited charges on sex trafficking, saying the apparent suicide ‘raises serious questions.’
‘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,’ Barr said in a statement.
‘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 added.
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