House Judiciary Committee launches bipartisan probe into Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious death

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The House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Monday with a bipartisan demand for answers on the shocking behind-bars death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

“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,” reads the letter. It details 23 pressing questions to Acting BOP Director Hugh Hurwitz.

The majority of the focus on Lower Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center’s handling of inmates who have demonstrated themselves to be dangers to themselves.

“Was the termination of Mr. Epstein’s suicide watch by the official who made such determination discussed with or directed by any supervisory personnel or leadership of BOP or any DOJ [Department of Justice] personnel or executive branch personnel outside of BOP?” asks one line of questioning.

“Who at BOP, DOJ, and elsewhere in the executive branch was notified of the termination of Mr. Epstein’s suicide watch and when?” reads another.

Epstein had been awaiting trial in a massive sex trafficking case involving underage girls when he was found dead inside his cell early Saturday.

There are reports that the two Manhattan jail guards given the job of guarding Epstein had been working “extreme” overtime shifts. Attorney General William Barr lashed out on Monday that there were “serious irregularities” at the lock-up.

The apparent suicide happened according to sources by Epstein hanging himself with his bedsheet. It has since launched multiple federal probes.

“The Attorney General has stated that the FBI and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the result of their inquiries,” wrote the House Judiciary Committee’s respective chair and ranking member, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D – NY) and Rep. Doug Collins (R – Georgia).

“However, 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 the BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible,” concludes the letter, giving Hurwitz until Aug. 21 to respond.

Credit: NY Post