US Attorney General vows to prosecute Epstein accomplices
By Dayo Benson New York
United States Attorney General Bill Barr, yesterday vowed to go after and prosecute accomplices of millionaire Jeff Epstein, as well as unravel the circumstances that led to his mysterious suicide in a New York Federal Custody.
This came on the heels of fresh immigration hurdles announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which would restrict legal immigrants access to Visa and Green Card.
The Attorney General who said he and Department of Justice were appalled and angry over the Epstein death emphasized that the Inspector General had been mandated to commence an investigation into the incident alongside FBI.
Epstein who was accused of global sex trafficking involving underage girls was found dead in his cell Saturday at lower Manhattan Correctional Center. His suicide came barely 24 hours after a court document revealed thousands of pages of the illicit sex trade.
Before he took his own life, Epstein has earlier been found with marks around his neck last month. He was subsequently placed on suicide watch.
Barr spoke at Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s 64th National Biennial Conference. “I was appalled – indeed, the entire Department was – and frankly angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner. We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demands a thorough investigation. The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are already doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC and we will hold people accountable for this failure” he said.
“Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and we will ensure they get it” Barr affirmed.
Epstein’s sudden death in the correctional facility that is regarded as one of the safest in the country had evoked outrage across the US, especially among victims of several years of sex servitude who may be denied justice and restitution. Most of them had looked forward to their day in court face to face with Epstein.
Meanwhile the new immigration regulation would make it easier to reject visa and Green Card applications if applicants are of low income and little education as well as those who have benefited from Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.
Such applicants, according to USCIS were more likely to require government assistance in future.
“It will encourage self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States. We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet, so if people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them in a decision about whether they’ll be able to become a legal permanent resident” said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli.