“Way too convenient.” That’s how Democratic presidential hopeful and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio framed Saturday’s hanging death of Jeffrey Epstein, called an apparent suicide by his federal jailers in Manhattan. The 66-year old financier, whose sex trafficking and abuse case brought down a cabinet member and seemingly implicated princes and politicians, was indicted last month despite a 2008 plea deal.
Is the concern justified? Questions have arisen about authorities ending Epstein’s suicide watch — placed after his July 23 neck injury. U.S. Attorney General William Barr yesterday vowed to investigate, while President Donald Trump cast unfounded suspicion on 2016 rival Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton.