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Top U.S. lawmaker demands answers in Jeffrey Epstein's death


Added 08-13-19 04:10:02am EST - “A top U.S. lawmaker joined the chorus of officials demanding answers from the Bu...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Top U.S. lawmaker demands answers in Jeffrey Epstein's death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - A top U.S. lawmaker joined the chorus of officials demanding answers from the Bureau of Prisons over the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody.

The chairman and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, sent a scathing letter on Monday to the acting director of federal prisons stating that the “competency and rigor of our criminal justice system has been marred.”

A representative for the Bureau of Prisons and acting director Hugh Hurwitz were not immediately available to comment early on Tuesday.

Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.

The 66-year-old financier had been on suicide watch, but apparently the watch was lifted. According to the New York Times, several high-ranking prison officials, including the prison’s chief psychologist, would have to approve lifting it.

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