Barr Says he’s ‘Appalled’ and ‘Angry’ Over Epstein Case

In a speech at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s 64th National Biennial Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Attorney General William Barr shared his concern with the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide. “This sex trafficking case was very important to the Department of Justice and to me personally,” said Barr.

Officers at New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center reported Epstein’s suicide Saturday. Despite requiring checks every 30 minutes, Epstein had’nt been evaluated for “several hours” before his death, according to the Washington Post who first reported the inconsistency. Epstein was previously on suicide watch, but had that lifted three weeks ago.

In his speech Monday, Barr shared, “I was appalled and indeed the whole department was, and frankly, angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner.” Barr also called on the Office of the Inspector General and the FBI to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the “irregularities” of the case. Barr concluded, “The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”

Epstein’s accusers who say they were sexually abused by Epstein are still calling for justice despite expressing disappointment in his death. Jena-Lisa Jones, who said she was abused by Epstein at 14, told ABC News, “I am extremely mad and hurt thinking he once again thought he was above us and took the easy way out.”