Disgraced multimillionaire, and accused pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, died from an apparent suicide inside his Manhattan jail cell, officials confirmed on Saturday.
Attorney General William Barr said in a statement Saturday that he was “appalled” to learn of the death, and that the Inspector General would open an investigation into the circumstances of his death. The FBI is also investigating.
“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said. “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.”
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.
Conspiracy Theories Abound
Epstein’s death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault.
According to the Associated Press, Epstein had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself, The AP said that information was provided by “a person familiar with the matter.” It wasn’t immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch. Yet that has not stopped the rumor mills from churning, saying that he was killed while still on suicide watch, or that he was taken off, so he could be killed.
Either way, for many, Epstein’s death stinks of foul play. Since the news of Epstein’s death, conspiracy theories have run rampant on the internet, the main one being “Death By Clinton.”
Republican senator Rick Scott of Florida, the state where some of Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse crimes took place, suggested the possibility that others might have been involved in Epstein’s death when he called on officials to explain what happened at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
The former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, now an attorney for President Trump, tweeted several questions about Epstein’s death.
“Who was watching? What does camera show? … Follow the motives,” Giuliani tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
Even President Trump himself retweeed a message from conservative actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who suggested Epstein’s death might be tied to former P Bill Clinton.
Epstein was known to have at least some kind of relationship with many rich and powerful individuals, including current President Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew. These and ties to other wealthy and influential persons were at the heart of those online rumors and conspiracy theories, many of which question what politicians knew about Epstein’s alleged sex crimes.
However, on Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned against embracing conspiracy theories about Epstein.
While scrutiny of Epstein’s apparent suicide is “warranted,” Rubio said. He added, “the immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone on the ‘other side’ of partisan divide having him killed illustrates why our society is so vulnerable to foreign disinformation & influence efforts.”
Trump Not Among List Released By Epstein Victim
Just one day prior to the billionaire pedophiles apparent suicide, one of Epstein’s alleged teenage “sex slaves” claims she was ordered to sleep with powerful men — including a former US senator, the former governor of New Mexico, a prominent hedge fund manager and a late longtime MIT professor.
The identities of the men were revealed in some 2,000 documents unsealed Friday in Manhattan federal court related, to Virginia Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
In a deposition, Giuffre, née Roberts, claimed she was trafficked to MIT professor Marvin Minsky, who died in 2016 at age 88, as well as former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and money manager Glenn Dubin, whose wife, Eva, is an ex-girlfriend of Epstein’s.
Notably, Giuffre did not say she was ever forced to have sex with either Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, however that did not stop speculation that it was information yet to be revealed in this 2000 page “document dump” that had something to do with Epstein’s “suicide.”