Some observers have concluded that because Jeffrey Epstein is now dead, the investigation into his crimes is now going to magically go away. But that’s not how anything works. Every development brings its own consequences. Epstein’s death has only served to bring even greater public focus and scrutiny to a criminal case that was already explosive – and it’s going to take down additional poeple.
How do we know this? The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York just said so. Geoffrey Berman released this statement about the Jeffrey Epstein case to the media: “Our investigation of the conduct charged in the indictment – which included a conspiracy count – remains ongoing.” The key here is the conspiracy charge. By legal definition, you can’t be charged with conspiracy unless you have one or more co-conspirators.
In other words, the head of the SDNY just made a point of emphasizing that he’s still criminally pursuing the people who allegedly helped Epstein commit these crimes. That doesn’t give us any clue about who these people are, but it makes clear that the investigation isn’t about to magically go away.
Yes, Bill Barr can try to jump in and derail whatever the SDNY is doing. But considering the scrutiny that’s now on Barr after Jeffrey Epstein suspiciously died in his custody, Barr could find himself hesitant to put his own future at further legal risk. More importantly, even if Barr does manage to force the Feds at the SDNY to drop the probe, New York can run with it on state-level charges. Epstein’s co-conspirators, whoever they may be, aren’t magically getting out of this.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report