In New Orleans on Monday morning, Attorney General William Barr vowed the investigation into sex trafficking charges involving now-deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein is going to continue.
“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Barr said. “The victims deserve justice. They will get it.
The same morning, almost 2,000 miles away, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, FBI agents were already reportedly proving the point: This story is a long way from over.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, a large group of FBI agents was spotted disembarking from speed boats during a raid of Epstein’s private island off the coast of the island of St. Thomas.
The raid comes two days after Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, and three days after a court unsealed explosive documents that implicated more famous and powerful politicians in Epstein’s suspected sex trafficking ring.
The sudden influx of law enforcement might not have been what tourists in the area were expecting, but given how notorious Epstein’s name has become, it did not appear to come as a big surprise either.
“We were enjoying lunch when we saw over a dozen people getting off their speedboats and landing on the island,” one onlooker who viewed the operation from a charter boat told the Daily Mail.
“When we looked harder, we could see the FBI logo on the backs of their shirts. It didn’t take long for us to realize they must be conducting a raid on Epstein’s house.”
The island, dubbed “Pedophile Island” by some locals and “Orgy Island” by some in the media, is of interest to investigators because Epstein is believed to have used it for sexual activities with young women – too young to legally consent.
What exactly the agents were looking for hasn’t been released.
But according to the New York Post, the official focus has changed from the financier to those who might have helped with his illicit activities.
The Post reported Sunday that prosecutors who might have been willing to make a deal with Epstein associates in exchange for testimony against him have different priorities now.
With the top dog dead, they might be looking to put others in the pack behind bars.
The indictment against Epstein mentioned three unidentified employees of Epstein as aiding him and the Post reported that several had reached agreements with prosecutors to testify against Epstein, according to the Post.
Those agreements might now be off the table.
“They were getting a deal to testify against Epstein,” one source told the Post. “Now [prosecutors] don’t need them.”
Barr’s words Monday morning should have had any possible associate of Epstein quaking.
If they didn’t, it’s a good bet that news of the FBI raid the same morning did – in spades.
This story is a long, long way from over.
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