US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffrey Epstein in New York City [File: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images]

US Attorney General William Barr has said he initially had his own suspicions about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s widely-speculated-on death while behind bars at one of the most secure jails in the United States, but came to conclude that his suicide was the result of “a perfect storm of screw-ups”.

In an interview with the Associated Press news agency, Barr said his concerns were prompted by the numerous irregularities at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York where Epstein was being held.


But he said after the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Justice Department’s inspector general continued to

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