Attorney General William Barr won’t recuse himself from overseeing the prosecution of alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in the Southern District of New York, said to a Justice Department official who spoke with the Washington Examiner today.
That reverses the position that Barr took Monday with reporters.
“I’m recused from that matter because one of the law firms that represented Epstein long ago was a firm that I subsequently joined for a period of time,” Barr told reporters Monday.
The Justice Department official said that Barr had consulted with career ethics officials at the department and would continue to handle the ongoing Epstein case. Barr would remain recused from any investigation into the Justice Department’s prior handling of Epstein’s case in the Southern District of Florida.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.