Prison chief says FBI investigating possible 'criminal enterprise' in Jeffrey Epstein death
In her testimony regarding former US financier and disgraced mogul Jeffrey Epstein's death, the Bureau of Prisons' director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer informed the Senate Judiciary Committee stated that FBI investigators are trying to answer if a "criminal enterprise" plays a role in this controversial death.
This was revealed in Sawyer's testimony this Tuesday. Sawyer describes the death as a "black eye on the entire Bureau of Prisons". This admission was made after she was questioned by Sen. Lindsey Graham. In an article by Fox News, the South Carolina Republican asked
With a case this high profile, there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both? Is the FBI looking at both?"
Sawyer responded yes.
The medical examiner in charge of Epstein's case gave the results of the convicted sex offender committing suicide in his Manhattan federal prison cell on August 10.
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The hearing took place just hours before the announcement of the two prison guards who were in charge of Epstein now charged with falsifying records and conspiring to make these false records.
When Graham grilled Sawyer as to how Epstein's death could have happened, she responded "The whole situation is still under the investigation of the FBI and the Inspector General's Office and I'm not at liberty to discuss specifics of this case. I can discuss issues around institutional operations, but I can't specifically talk about that particular issue."
Sawyer continues to evade questions by answering that the matter is still being investigated by the FBI and the Inspector General's office. When question about the two guards that were indicted that day, Sawyer commented that they do not want people like that to work in the Bureau of Prisons.
They do not represent the vast majority of the 35,000 employees across the Bureau of Prisons. Most of our staff are very high quality, good people doing the right thing. And you are right, this incident was a black eye on the entire Bureau of Prisons. We have some bad staff. We want to rid of those bad staff who don't do their job. We want them gone, one way or another, either by prosecution or by termination.