Barr: things at the jail where Epstein died were not right

The Attorney General appears to be on top of the entire Epstein suicide debacle and has no intention of letting go. Speaking during a law enforcement conference in New Orleans, William Barr described conditions at the Manhattan jail as having “serious irregularities” but failed to specify what they had dug up thus far. He also had a word of caution for any of Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators. (NY Post)

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that there were “serious irregularities” at the federal pen in Manhattan where accused perv Jeffrey Epstein allegedly committed suicide.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” Barr said at a law enforcement gathering in New Orleans.

Barr also had a warning for anyone involved in the supposedly wealthy financier’s alleged crimes.

“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it,” the top US law enforcement official vowed.

The Justice Department hasn’t had very long to dig into the details, so I’m wondering what sort of “irregularities” he could be referring to. I was doing a couple of radio hits this morning talking about this and a few possibilities came up that we can kick around for a bit.

Right off the bat, we’re being told that there is no video footage of Epstein’s cell during the time he allegedly did himself in. Does that mean there was no camera covering that cell or that it was broken or possibly turned off? If it was a cell lacking camera coverage, why would you put the most high-profile prisoner you have in that cell? Surely they could have swapped cells with a carjacker or someone of less interest and freed up a cell with a camera. This is particularly true when the prisoner was only recently taken off suicide watch.

But if there was a camera and it was broken, wouldn’t they know that immediately? You would think they would move him to another cell in that case also. If there was a camera and it was turned off, some really interesting questions arise and the staff at the jail is going to have to answer them.

The failure of anyone to check on Epstein for two hours could, I suppose, be written off to the staffing issues they claim to be dealing with. Overtired guards who are doing long shifts might screw something like that up. But yet again… Epstein was the rock star of the prison world at that facility and surely the warden knew the eyes of the world were on him. One would think that would be a high priority. Of course, as I mentioned here previously, Epstein was renowned for being able to talk his way into or out of nearly anything. Could he really have fooled them all?

We’ll hopefully learn more after the Justice Department finishes their investigation, but the more we learn about this the more one thing becomes clear. For all of this to have gone down the way the jail officials are telling us, a shocking number of things had to go wrong in very short order, or Epstein would likely still be alive today, if somewhat injured.

But now that he’s out of the picture, we’re left with the next big question which Ed Morrissey asked this morning. Where in the world is Ghislaine Maxwell? She is now public enemy number one in this case and may also be one of the only people left who can name all the names. Sure, she might just be in the wind, but there will be a lot of people looking for her. And if you really want to see the conspiracy theories go completely nuclear, just wait and see what happens if she turns up at room temperature. Heck, at that point even I’ll probably start wondering if this is all too much to be explained by coincidence and incompetence.