August 10, 2019 / 5:04 PM / 4 months ago

U.S. attorney general says "appalled" to learn of Epstein's death

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday he was “appalled” to learn of Jeffrey Epstein’s death from an apparent suicide while in federal custody.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” he said, adding that he had consulted with the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, who is opening an investigation into the circumstances around the death.

The FBI also is investigating, Barr said.

Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the lower Manhattan jail, confirmed on Saturday. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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