Attorney General William Barr is defending the determination of Jeffrey Epstein’s medical examiner that he did die from suicide.
ABC News reports Barr was quick to highlight “serious irregularities” concerning Epstein’s untimely death, but ultimately determined he has “seen nothing that undercuts the finding of the medical examiner that this was a suicide.”
From the report:
U.S. Attorney General William Barr has ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Inspector General to conduct an investigation into how a high-profile inmate such as Epstein was able to hang himself while in federal custody.
Two correctional officers who were supposed to do checks on Epstein every 30 minutes on the day he died failed to follow protocols in the hours in which Epstein is believed to have taken his own life, ABC News has previously reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.
NEW: While citing "serious irregularities" at the prison where Jeffrey Epstein died, Attorney General Bill Barr says, "I have seen nothing that undercuts the finding of the medical examiner that this was a suicide." https://t.co/xAzWPrZTy1 pic.twitter.com/wqu5856mrw
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ABC News also reports Epstein redrafted his last will and testament two days before his alleged suicide. The legal document was filed on August 15 in Superior Court in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was reportedly signed by Epstein on August 8th.
Esptein’s net worth is estimated to $577.6 million, including $56.5 million in cash, ABC News reports.
Per the report:
In the first of a series of instructions on how to handle his more than half-billion-dollar estate, the 11-page will, obtained by ABC News and first reported on by the New York Post, tells his executors to “pay from my estate all expenses of my last illness, my funeral and burial expenses.”
Two days after he signed the will, Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC) in Manhattan and later died at a hospital. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined that Epstein’s death was a suicide by hanging.
Epstein also had aviation assets, automobiles and boats worth $18.5 million, a mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan worth nearly $56 million, an $8.6 million Paris apartment, a $17.2 million New Mexico Ranch, a $12.3 million home in Palm Beach, Florida, and a private island and other holdings in the U.S. Virgin Islands with an estimated worth of $86.3 million, according to the court document.
Epstein’s estate also includes $195 million in hedge funds and private equity investments, $14.3 million in fixed-income investments and $112.6 million in equities, according to the document.
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