Barr says he has seen 'nothing' to undercut Epstein autopsy findings

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse MORE said Wednesday that he has seen no evidence to contradict the determination from New York City’s chief medical examiner that the recent death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was a suicide.

“We have found serious irregularities at the center, but at the same time I have seen nothing that undercuts the finding of the medical examiner that this was a suicide,” Barr told reporters, referring to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan where Epstein was being held while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and abuse charges.

Guards found Epstein hanging in his cell the morning of Aug. 10. Lawmakers have demanded answers from officials about the death, including why Epstein, who had been briefly placed on suicide watch in late July after reportedly being found with marks on his neck, was not more closely observed.

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Reports have also surfaced that the guards in Epstein’s unit fell asleep and failed to check on him for roughly three hours during the time when he is believed to have hanged himself.

Conspiracy theories over Epstein’s death have flourished online. Barr said he was “appalled” and “angry” over the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death and directed the FBI and the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General to investigate the suicide. 

The attorney general told reporters Wednesday that the investigations are making progress but were hindered because “a number of witnesses were not cooperative.”