Barr announces investigation into Epstein's death amid reports the he wasn't on suicide watch

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  • CBS News' White House Correspondent Paula Reid reported that Attorney General William Barr was "livid" that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epsteindied of an apparent suicide early Saturday morning.
  • In a statement, Barr wrote that he was "appalled" to learn Epstein was found dead while in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, and said his death "raises serious questions that must be answered."
  • Barr also announced an investigation would be opened in the Office of the Inspector General into the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, in addition to the previously announced FBI investigation into the incident.
  • Although Epstein was hospitalized and reportedly placed on suicide watch in late July, he wasn't on it at the time of his death.
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Attorney General William Barr released a statement through the Department of Justice on Saturday announcing the the Office of the Inspector General would launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's death by apparent suicide while in federal custody.

Epstein, a 66-year-old wealthy financier charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:30 a.m., and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead after staff "immediately" started "life-saving procedures." The death was by hanging, The New York Times reported. Epstein, who pleaded not guilty, was being held without bail while he awaited trial.

A source told CBS News' White House Correspondent Paula Reid that Barr was "livid" to learn that Epstein had died, and in his statement Barr wrote that he was "appalled."

Barr said Epstein's death "raises serious questions that must be answered." The inspector general investigation is in addition to the previously announced FBI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the convicted sex offender's death.


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