De Blasio calls for 'full investigation' into Epstein death

De Blasio calls for 'full investigation' into Epstein death
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE (D) is calling for a "full investigation" into the death of Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead of an apparent suicide in jail on Saturday. 

"I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but something's way too convenient here, and we need to get down to the bottom of what happened," de Blasio, who is running for president, told reporters at the Iowa State Fair, the Des Moines Register reports


Epstein died in a lower Manhattan correctional center, where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking. 

Questions have been raised over his death, as he was meant to be monitored every three hours after a prior apparent suicide attempt. 

The mayor also called for the investigation into Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking ring, which has been linked to prominent politicians across the political spectrum, to continue. 

"Because we're talking about many, many people — likely dozens or more who were involved. His death should not mean that that investigation is dropped," de Blasio told reporters. 

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi Democratic lawmaker says Barr's reported meeting with Murdoch should be investigated MORE has said the FBI will investigate the circumstances of Epstein's death. 

The New York Times reported Sunday that Epstein was not being monitored every 30 minutes as directed before he was found dead, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of Epstein's detention who spoke with the Times. 

The Associated Press reported Sunday that prison guards tasked with monitoring Epstein were working mandatory overtime hours.