Bureau of Prisons Denies Request For All Documents About Epstein’s Death
Well isn’t this convenient.
All prison documents related to Jeffrey Epstein are being withheld from the public.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson filed a FOIA [Freedom of Information] request for documents related to Epstein’s injuries and medical care for the day he was found dead in his prison cell and in July when he allegedly attempted to kill himself.
Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging from his prison cell bunk bed last month after he was taken off of suicide watch.
The New York City medical examiner officially determined that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide.
The cameras outside of Epstein’s cell malfunctioned and his body was quickly claimed by a mystery ‘associate.’
And now the Bureau of Prisons is refusing to release the documents related to his death.
The Bureau did however tell Attkisson to keep refiling the FOIA request in case the status were to change.
Via Sharyl Attkisson:
Member of the public and press are entitled to review documents and communications generated and collected by federal agencies and officials because– we own them. However, federal agencies often delay, obstruct and resist the release of such documents.
Guidance from FOI court cases and the executive branch indicates that federal agencies are supposed to make every effort to release as much information as possible– and at least partial information if exemptions are at play.
In the case of the Epstein documents I requested, the federal Bureau of Prisons responded by stating that it is withholding all of the documents entirely.
The Bureau cites six exemptions, including that releasing the information “could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of an(y) individual.”
Screenshot of the Bureau of Prisons response to Attkisson’s FOIA request:
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch also launched an investigation into Epstein’s death and is awaiting response from the Bureau of Prisons.
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) September 16, 2019