The announcement came amid mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from harming himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
"Every single person in the Justice Department - from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer - knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn't be allowed to die with him", Sasse, R-Neb., said. They were also paid hundreds more if they recruited other girls.
US authorities say Epstein had a residence in Paris and used a fake Austrian passport to travel to France in the 1980s.
Was Jeffrey Epstein's Suicide Easy to Accomplish?
It asks that the answers be provided by August 21 and adds that it is imperative that his committee, which oversees the Department of Justice receive answers.
Also Sunday, Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said Epstein's autopsy was complete, but she had not reached a determination on cause of death "pending further information".
The Manhattan Correctional Center in NY on July 1, 2019.
"She was more of a partner in his obsession, really", said Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown, who spent more than two years looking into Epstein's controversial 2008 plea deal. After being found, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Epstein was not supposed to be alone in his cell, but he was.
According to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation records and court documents, Epstein had a team of recruiters and other assistants who knew of his penchant for girls and lined up victims for him. The island was then owned by Jeffrey Epstein, on July 9, 2019. Mr. Epstein had been on suicide watch, raising questions about how he was able to succeed in his attempt this time. The financier had been meeting with his lawyers for up to 12 hours a day, one of those sources told the newspaper.
"I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and, frankly, angry", Barr said, speaking at an event in New Orleans. Several accounts have emerged since Epstein's death about the working conditions and the extended overtime guards were forced to endure at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). "In addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death".
He added: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".
That investigation into conduct described in the indictment, including the conspiracy count, will continue despite Epstein's death, Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney in Manhattan, said on Saturday. Officials did not say why the cellmate had been transferred or why no one else was placed in the cell with Epstein.
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