Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell after reportedly committing suicide on Saturday, but many are demanding answers after the suspicious circumstances.
Attorney General William Barr released a statement soon afterwards saying he was “appalled” to learn of the death.
Barr also said the FBI has opened an investigation as well as the Department of Justice’s Inspector General office into the circumstances of his death.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. 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,” Barr said in his statement.
The 66-year-old Epstein was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City around 6:30 a.m.
Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. He was transported to the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the initial call to the jail was cardiac arrest. Multiple reports claimed that he hanged himself.
An autopsy is pending.
News of Epstein’s “suicide” went viral over the weekend on social media and has fueled many conspiracy theories given the timing of his death.
On Friday, just one day prior to his “suicide,” documents were released to the public pertaining to one of Epstein’s victims, where they named several prominent figures connected and involved with Epstein’s sex ring.
These names included two prominent Democratic politicians — former Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Richardson was also a member of former President Bill Clinton’s cabinet.
President Clinton has also had deep ties with Epstein.
Soon after Epstein was arrested last month and charged with trafficking underage girls to his Manhattan mansion for sexual encounters, Clinton immediately tried to distance himself.
Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.
In his statement, Clinton claimed that he only began socializing with Epstein in 2002 and took just four flights aboard his “Lolita Express” private plane.
Both of those claims, according to records, are false.
Flight records obtained indicate that Clinton was onboard the “Lolita Express” 26 times – five of those without his secret service detail.
Former President Bill Clinton dined with financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 1995, records show—years before the interactions detailed in a statement from his office earlier this week.
That statement condemned the wealthy hedge fund manager after his indictment for alleged sex trafficking crimes was unsealed Monday. The statement said Clinton “knows nothing” about Epstein’s alleged crimes and included a timeline of Clinton’s interactions with him starting in 2002.
But according to a story published back in March 1995 by the Palm Beach Post, then-President Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the time with a “very select group of people” at the Palm Beach home of business magnate Ron Perelman. The diverse group included Epstein — as well as singer Jimmy Buffet, actor Don Johnson, then-co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and others.
“Joining Clinton for a three-hour dinner was a very select group of people, some of whom, according to one Democratic Party source, gave as much as $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee for the privilege of dining with the president,” the report said.
Clinton lied — and he is in serious trouble over it.
The former president claimed he only traveled with Epstein a few times, but it was actually almost two dozen times.
He also ditched his Secret Service detail at least 5 times to go on trips with Epstein to go do things that were probably against the law and could have involved underage girls.
And Epstein’s alleged “suicide” has raised a ton of questions that could lead to explosive answers.