Attorney General William Barr on Monday blasted the Metropolitan Correctional Center after the death of Jeffrey Epstein and promised that the case will receive a thorough investigation.
Barr spoke on Monday after Epstein, who was facing sex trafficking charges, died by suicide in the Manhattan prison over the weekend, with reports later emerging that he was not being closely monitored at the time of his death. The attorney general said he was "appalled" and "angry" to learn of Epstein's death, calling out the federal jail's "failure to adequately secure this prisoner." Reports have suggested that Epstein did not have a cellmate when he was supposed to, and he was not being checked on by guards every 30 minutes, as was protocol.
Barr went on to say that the "serious irregularities" at this facility that are now coming out are "deeply concerning" and "demand a thorough investigation." The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are now doing so, he said, promising that "there will be accountability."
The attorney general concluded by promising that the case will continue and that "any co-conspirators" of Epstein's "should not rest easy," and the victims "will get" justice. Watch Barr's comments on Epstein below. Brendan Morrow
NEW: Attorney General Bill Barr says he was "appalled" and "angry" at the failure to "adequately secure" Jeffrey Epstein.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report signals that a prosecutor should look at charging President Trump when he leaves office, says former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey spoke to CBS This Morningon Wednesday and argued that Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report's principal conclusions, which was released weeks ahead of the redacted Mueller report, was "misleading" and "inadequate."
This, Comey said, is because Barr's summary "gave the impression" that Mueller decided not to rule on whether Trump obstructed justice. "That's not what Mueller did," Comey said. "Mueller laid it out and signaled to a future prosecutor, 'After this individual is out of office, you ought to take a serious look at charging him.'"
Mueller's report includes 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, including the president's firing of Comey as FBI director in 2017. By not deciding that Trump criminally obstructed justice, Comey said that Mueller must have determined it wouldn't be "fair" to accuse Trump of a crime since he can't indict him while he's president.
At the same time, Comey concluded that the evidence of obstruction Mueller outlined for future prosecutors and Congress is "deeply concerning." Brendan Morrow