In an interview with The Associated Press released Friday, Attorney General William Barr said he was confident that the death of financier Jeffrey Epstein was indeed a suicide and said “a perfect storm of screw-ups” was to blame.
Barr said he understands why there might be a multitude of conspiracy theories surrounding the convicted sex trafficker’s death at the Manhattan Correctional Center in New York City last summer, but that he personally reviewed security footage of the jail from the night in question and is confident that Epstein took his own life.
“I can understand people who immediately, whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a perfect storm of screw-ups,” Barr said.
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Epstein was due to stand trial on charges of sex trafficking when, according to medical examiners, he hanged himself with a bedsheet. Conspiracies about him being murdered have surfaced because of the sensational nature of the charges and the multitude of rich and powerful names connected to the billionaire.
Barr’s comments come one day after the guards assigned to watch over Epstein that night were charged with falsifying records in connection with the case. The head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons told Congress this week that the FBI was investigating the possibility of a “criminal enterprise” being connected to the case.
Barr told the AP that despite Epstein’s death, authorities are continuing the investigation and are prepared to charge anyone who may have helped him commit any crimes.
“They are definitely pushing things along,” Barr said. “I’ll just say there is good progress being made, and I’m hopeful in a relatively short time there will be tangible results.”