Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death

Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, director of the Bureau of Prisons, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the FBI is investigating whether or not a “criminal enterprise” played some role in Jeffrey Epstein's suicide in August.

Also on Tuesday, two correctional officers tasked with watching Epstein the day he died were charged with falsifying prison records, the Miami Herald reports.

The indictment of the guards — Tova Noel and Michael Thomas — states that the duo “repeatedly signed false certifications attesting to having conducted multiple counts of inmates when, in truth and in fact, they never conducted such counts.”


At the hearing, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-S.C.) commented “with a case this high profile, there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or a criminal enterprise afoot to allow this to happen.”

“So are you looking at both? Is the FBI looking at both?” he asked.

Sawyer replied "the FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes."

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State MORE (R-Texas) also questioned Sawyer, asking the agency head if there was “any indication” that Epstein was murdered.

“There’s no indication, from anything I know, that it was anything other than a suicide,” Sawyer answered.

Since Epstein's Aug. 10 death was ruled a suicide, conspiracy theories have swirled questioning whether Epstein committed suicide or was murdered.