Ocasio-Cortez demands 'answers' after Epstein found dead in jail cell

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Company to provide free clothing to any female candidate The Democratic demolition derby MORE (D) led public calls Saturday demanding answers after disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell due to an apparent suicide.

“We need answers. Lots of them,” Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted. 

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Multiple media outlets reported Saturday that Epstein's body was discovered in his jail cell about 7:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Many immediately began questioning the details surrounding his death after Epstein was reportedly put on suicide watch in late July following a possible suicide attempt.

“He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bullshit,” MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough: Media 'parroting' Trump economy when Obama's 'was much stronger' Scarborough: Trump would arrest his media critics 'tomorrow' if he could Scarborough: 'Media silence is deafening' condemning Snoop Dogg attacks against Gayle King MORE tweeted.

The MCC did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill on Saturday morning.

Epstein was in prison awaiting trial over charges of sex trafficking minors, to which he had pleaded not guilty.

His suicide comes a day after testimony was released from a woman who said she was one of his victims that unveiled the inner workings of his alleged operation.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway MORE (R-Fla.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, called on the panel's chairman Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (D-N.Y.) to prioritize investigating the circumstances around Epstein’s death over other probes being carried out by the committee.

“Chairman @RepJerryNadler should prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody (in Nadler’s own neighborhood!) over the Kavanaugh confirmation (which already happened), and the Russia hoax (which never happened),” Gaetz tweeted.

Epstein served 13 months in jail about 10 years ago after reaching a deal with prosecutors that has been panned as too lenient. He was arrested in July and charged with trafficking underage girls from 2002 to 2005.

– John Bowden contributed reporting