Warden Of Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died Reassigned, Guards Put On Leave

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2019

A French child protection group stepped up pressure on Tuesday for prosecutors to open an investigation into the activities in France of Jeffrey Epstein, the USA financier found dead in an apparent suicide while being held on sex-trafficking charges.

Mr Epstein was found dead on Saturday (local time) in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) in lower Manhattan.

"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein", Barr said while addressing the Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans. All personnel changes are temporary as the FBI and the Office of the Inspector General conduct investigation's into the accused sex trafficker's death. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", he said.

Epstein, 66, was denied bail and faced up to 45 years in prison on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

On the morning of Epstein's death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell, a source familiar with the situation told CBS News.

Epstein had been alone in his cell when he was found unresponsive Saturday, even though he only recently had returned to the Special Housing Unit from suicide watch, the person familiar with the jail's operations said.

Since Epstein's death, we have learned that he was not still on a suicide watch, under which he was placed after an apparent attempt to kill himself last month.

The facility where Epstein died is run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US Justice Department.

The House Judiciary Committee demanded answers from the Bureau of Prisons about Epstein's death. "And most of the Government's objections - which were likewise predicated on protecting Epstein's interests - have also become moot". However, the president is undercutting the investigation that his own Justice Department announced over the weekend.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who heads the panel's oversight subcommittee, asked Attorney General William Barr to confirm it is no longer binding following Epstein's suicide. Barr cited "serious irregularities at this facility", but did not offer specifics. An official with knowledge of the investigation told the paper that the Justice Department was told Epstein would have a cellmate and be monitored by a guard every 30 minutes.

One of Epstein's guards the night he took his life was not a regular correctional officer, one of those familiar with the case said.

While talking to reporters Tuesday, the president said he wants a full investigation into Epstein's death, adding, there are too many suspicious circumstances.

Under that deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges and served 13 months in jail, but he was allowed to leave the detention facility regularly for his office.

A post mortem examination into Epstein's death was performed Sunday. According to media reports, Epstein had been taken off suicide watch.

"He's not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein's ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida", Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a July statement.

Some of Epstein's accusers have called on the federal judge overseeing that case to scrap portions of the agreement, which provided immunity to Epstein's alleged co-conspirators. The results of an autopsy by New York City's chief medical examiner should also shed light on how he died.

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