WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) have today sent a letter to Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz asking for questions to be answered regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein.
Mr Epstein was in the Metropolitan Correctional Center following his arrest on July 6, 2019 charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking.
In the letter, they cite the Attorney General stating, “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. ‘We agree, and therefore ask that you provide responses to the following questions concerning this incident, and BOP policies pertaining to inmates considered at risk for suicide……”
Among the 23 questions asked were the following:
“#4 Does MCC New York have rooms specifically designated for housing inmates on suicide watch?
#5 What is BOP, and MCC New York’s policy regarding the placement and housing conditions of inmates accused of sex offenses? Was the policy followed in this instance?
#8 Please describe the nature of of BOP’s monitoring of Mr. Epstein while on suicide watch and while not on suicide watch, including, under both circumstances, the number of correctional officers assigned to monitor him, and the frequency and nature of check-ins or contact with Mr. Epstein by correctional officers.
#15 who at BOP, DOJ, and elsewhere in the executive branch was notified of the termination of Mr. Epstein’s suicide watch and when?”
The letter, read here, also restates that the FBI and the Inspector General of the DOJ are investigating as well. Nadler and Collins also state that “it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible. Therefore, please respond to these questions by August 21.”
This story is just developing and will be updated as responses are learned.