After the weekend death of Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General William Barr is deadly serious.
In a strongly worded speech Monday, the nation’s top law enforcement officer criticized those responsible for security at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center and emphasized how important the case was.
Then he vowed that no one who was “complicit” in Epstein’s crimes will escape justice.
Addressing a Fraternal Order of Police convention in New Orleans, Barr described his own feelings upon learning that the high-society sex offender had been found dead in his jail cell in New York on Saturday morning.
“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and, frankly, angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said.
”We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” he added. “The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability.”
That doesn’t sound good for those in charge of the federal holding center – which has been a home behind bars for prisoners as notorious as Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Even if the apparent suicide was, in fact, a suicide, Barr’s speech made it clear that someone’s going to pay dearly for the justice system being short-circuited in the Epstein case.
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Even more important, Barr noted that Epstein’s death doesn’t mean the end of the investigation.
“[L]et me assure you that this case will continue on, against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”
Those words are probably sending a shudder down many a spine.
Epstein was known to have associated with the wealthiest and most powerful people in American politics, President Bill Clinton being the most prominent among them. (Epstein’s association with now-President Donald Trump apparently ended in the early 2000s.)
There’s probably no small number of big names who are devoutly hoping Epstein’s death will mean the death of the investigation too.
But from the way Barr sounded on Monday, they’re dead wrong.
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