The news of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein committing suicide in a federal facility in Manhattan has sparked a number of wild theories online, including that he may have been bumped off by some unspecified person close to him to prevent evidence from surfacing about the other well-connected people to whom he may have trafficked children.
His lawyers maintained that the new charges in NY were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn't had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.
Barr has ordered the inspector general to open an investigation into Epstein's death, while the FBI is also investigating. Epstein had been held at the NY prison since his arrest last month on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
He faced up to 45 years in prison.
"Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered", U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday. For someone this high-profile, with these allegations and this many victims, who has had a suicide attempt in the last few weeks, you can take absolutely no chances.
Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the BOP.
Jeffrey Epstein's death may never be conclusively determined, because we're told standard practice in the area where he was detained is that cameras do not point inside cells. The source also said that at the facility, two jail guards are required to check on all inmates every 30 minutes. When guards are away on their patrols, video surveillance usually picks up the slack.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the U.S. Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, a free and 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources. He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Clinton took four trips on Epstein's plane with multiple stops and that staff and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg.
The medical examiner's determination is pending further information, Dr. Barbara Sampson, chief medical examiner of the City of NY, said in a press release.
The mystery surrounding Epstein's death had already led netizens, including notable figures from both sides of the political spectrum, to start a discussion of different conspiracy theories. One of the theories is based on the fact that Epstein's suicide ends the criminal case against him and thus prevents the appearance of other powerful names, including figures in the current administration.
However, in a court filing last month, the government said it was pursuing an "ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals" connected to Epstein, and US Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed on Saturday that the investigation will continue despite Epstein's death.
Angel Ureña, a spokesman for the former president, called the conspiracy theory "ridiculous, and of course not true".
Epstein's suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
She also said "it's not for me to go further than where the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation are right now", though that's what Trump appeared to be doing in his retweet. However, nobody seemed impressed by the idea, as at no point since Epstein's arrest has the billionaire financier been tied in any way to Russian figures.
Some of the theorists, however, gave up on finding a rational explanation, instead blaming aliens' actions - or lack of action.
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