Barr warns Epstein co-conspirators: ‘The victims deserve justice, and they will get it’

August 13, 2019

Attorney General William Barr reassured the public on Monday that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue investigating those who were part of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. Barr said that he was “appalled” by “serious irregularities” at the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC), where Epstein was housed, and that he would get to the bottom of how Epstein died in federal custody, The Washington Examiner reported.

“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Barr said. “The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”

Barr promises accountability

Epstein’s death before trial shocked and outraged many, given Epstein’s heinous crimes. Worse, many have been left worrying that the sex ring Epstein knew about will escape justice, particularly as the news media — in less than a week — has already shown interest in moving on from the so-called “conspiracy theories” about the 66-year-old’s sudden death.

But at a press conference on Monday, Barr warned Epstein’s co-conspirators that it wasn’t time just yet to start popping champagne bottles on their pedo-jets. “This sex trafficking case was very important to the Department of Justice, and to me, personally,” Barr said.

The attorney general went on: “It was important to the dedicated prosecutors at the Southern District of New York and to our FBI agents who investigated the case, and were preparing it for trial. Most importantly, this case was important to the victims who had the courage to come forward, and deserve the opportunity to confront the accused in the courtroom. Let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.”

Shady circumstances

Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Saturday, apparently after strangling himself. According to Fox News, he died one day after 2,000 documents were unsealed in a defamation case against his former girlfriend and madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, who has come into sharper focus after Epstein’s death.

In the documents, one of Epstein’s accusers named people in Epstein’s orbit — including Prince Andrew, two Democrats associated with former President Bill Clinton, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz — as having abused her when she was underage.

The documents also include flight logs for Epstein’s private jet that give an impression of the rarified orbit in which Epstein moved. They include Bill Gates, who flew once; former President Clinton, who flew four times; and President Donald Trump, who flew once in 1997 from Palm Beach to New York.

The mystery continues

Epstein’s mysterious death gave life to conspiracies that the money manager was murdered in jail by rich and powerful people who were implicated in his crimes. President Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory that Epstein got whacked by the “#ClintonCrimeFamily,” while Democrats blamed Trump for Epstein’s death.

According to official reports, the prison where Epstein was held was reportedly understaffed and suffering from squalid conditions, and guards were reportedly overworked and dealing with low morale. But many — Barr included — are unsatisfied with the media’s explanation that Epstein was able to kill himself because of sheer incompetence.

Barr said that the FBI and Department of Justice would investigate the “serious irregularities” surrounding Epstein’s suicide.

Among those circumstances: Epstein was taken off suicide watch at the request of his lawyers, just weeks after an apparent suicide attempt; he was left alone, with no cellmate, for hours the night before his death; and one of the guards who watched Epstein wasn’t a corrections officer. All of this, despite Epstein’s status as the most high-profile prisoner in the United States.

“I was appalled, and indeed, the whole department was — and frankly, angry — to learn of MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said Monday. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.”

On Tuesday, Barr temporarily reassigned the warden at the Manhattan Correctional Center and ordered Epstein’s two guards on leave. But only time will tell who else will be held accountable before Epstein’s case is closed.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.