Attorney General William Barr warned co-conspirators in the sex trafficking case involving convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein that they “should not rest easy” because the case is not over despite Epstein’s death over the weekend.
Barr, who delivered the remarks while speaking to the National Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans, said that the case was personally important to him and the Justice Department.
“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,” Barr said. “Let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and they will get it.”
Epstein died early on Saturday morning after he was found unresponsive in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, which quickly ignited conspiracy theories from the mainstream media.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough suggested that Russia could have been involved in Epstein’s death while fellow MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid suggested that Barr was involved in Epstein’s death and then suggested that he might be involved in a cover-up.
Following Epstein’s death, Barr released the following statement: “I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. 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.”
Epstein’s death came after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) unsealed more than 2,000 documents in the case on Friday, which included accusations from one of Epstein’s alleged victims who named several alleged co-conspirators.
“The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit the now-33-year-old woman, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, filed against Epstein and his associate, Ghislane Maxwell in 2015,” Fox News reported, adding that two of the men listed were “prominent Democratic politicians — former Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico governor and Clinton cabinet official Bill Richardson.”
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