AG Barr Removes Director of The Bureau of Prisons Amid Epstein Investigation
Massive shake up begins following sex trafficker apparat suicide
Last week, Attorney General William Barr vowed that no one who was “complicit” in Epstein’s crimes would escape justice.
Barr announced the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz had launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the billionaire's death on Sunday.
The shakeup begins
Barr announced in a statement that acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, Hugh Hurwitz, would be removed from his position.
He will be replaced by Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, a career psychologist with the Bureau of Prisons, who was first appointed the bureau’s director by Barr in 1992.
Although she retired in 2003, she is now coming back into service.
The deputy director will be another career psychologist, Thomas R. Kane, who served with the bureau for 40 years, inclduing a stint as acting director in 2018.
Hurwitz will remain with the bureau as assistant director of the bureau’s programs, according to Barr's statement.
High public interest
Although Epstein's death was ruled as suicide, his lawyers rejected the coroner's official ruling.
But the scale of the financier’s alleged crimes and the fact that he mixed with high profile figures like Bill Clinton will be of high public interest.
Moreover, because the death took place under very suspicious circumstances, which included sleeping guards that were supposed to be watching the most high profile criminals in the world, and not to mention falsified prison records, the focus on the case will not likely disappear.
Last week, the Attorney General addressed a Fraternal Order of Police convention in New Orleans where he described his own feeling on the news that Epstein was found dead.
“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and, frankly, angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said.
”We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation."
“The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability.”