The director of the Bureau of Prisons told senators Tuesday she has “no evidence to suggest” the death of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was not a suicide.
Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer told lawmakers she concurred with a coroner’s finding that Epstein killed himself while in federal custody.
But she refused to offer more information.
“The death and the whole situation is still under investigation by the FBI and the [Justice Department’s] Inspector General’s office,” she said. “I’m really not at liberty to discuss the case.”
Ms. Hawk’s comments came as two workers at the federal jail in New York City where Epstein hanged himself were arrested for botching safety checks.
The two men, who have not been identified, are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan on criminal charges, the New York Times reported.
Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center in August. He was rushed to a New York hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His death came less than three weeks after an unsuccessful suicide attempt. He was on suicide watch following the attempt but had been taken off the watch by the time of his death.