August 13, 2019 / 4:30 PM / 3 months ago

Trump says he wants a full investigation into Epstein death

Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photo taken for the NY Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wants a “full investigation” into the circumstances surrounding financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death at a federal detention facility in New York City while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

“Basically what we’re saying is we want an investigation. I want a full investigation, and that’s what I absolutely am demanding. That’s what our attorney general, our great attorney general is doing. He’s doing a full investigation,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey.

Trump made the comments after U.S. Attorney General William Barr earlier vowed to carry on the Epstein investigation even after the financier’s death and ordered the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into the matter.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Will Dunham

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