FBI searches Jeffrey Epstein's home in Virgin Islands
Federal agents searched late financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, Little St. James, on Monday, according to CNBC, citing a bureau spokesperson.
Epstein’s accusers have claimed the financier and his confederates used the island in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a discreet location to sexually assault underage girls. Residents of the nearby island of St. Thomas had reportedly noticed heavy construction and high security in recent months.
The search comes as Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr promises thorough investigation of Epstein death, warns coconspirators ‘should not rest easy’ De Blasio calls for ‘full investigation’ into Epstein death Chief medical examiner confident Epstein’s death was suicide: report MORE has pledged a full investigation into Epstein’s death in federal custody this weekend at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).
“I was appalled — indeed, the entire Department was — and frankly angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner. We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation. The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are already doing just that,” Barr told a Fraternal Order of Police conference Monday.
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“We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC and we will hold people accountable for this failure,” he added. “Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and we will ensure they get it.”
The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department for further comment.
Epstein took a plea deal to a state charge of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008, serving just over a year under a controversial agreement with then-U.S. Attorney Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaEpstein victims plan to sue his estate: lawyers Epstein accuser: ‘Justice must still be served’ Trump pick Scalia becomes 2020 target for labor unions MORE, who in July resigned from his position as secretary of Labor amid controversy over the deal. Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges last month.