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2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death

2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death”

Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.

The Department of Justice is continuing to investigate potential Epstein accomplices.

Virginia Roberts, who accused Epstein of trafficking her when she was 17, claimed to have seen Clinton at the island in 2002.

Attorney General Bill Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden of MCC to a regional office pending an FBI and Justice Department investigation into the death of the high-profile prisoner, Kupec said.

The warden was not identified in the announcement and the department has not responded to a request to confirm the name of a person connected in other documents with the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Eight months later, the jail remains so short-staffed that the Bureau of Prisons is offering guards a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups.

A top USA lawmaker joined the chorus of officials demanding answers from the Bureau of Prisons over the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody.

"I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and, frankly, angry", Barr said, speaking at an event in New Orleans.

Mr Barr did not say what those irregularities were.

That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Epstein was taken off a suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained, and was supposed to have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes.

On Monday, Marlene Schiappa, France's gender equality minister, had demanded an investigation into Epstein's affairs in France. That's what our attorney general, our great attorney general, is doing.

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

"He's a very highly respected conservative pundit", Trump said of Williams. That wasn't from me. "So I think I was fine".

In a statement provided to BBC News, the organisation's president Eric Young said prison employees who are not correctional officers - such as teachers, nurses, clerical workers - are often made to guard inmates due to a process known as "augmentation". New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson hasn't released the results of Sunday's autopsy "pending further information". The records named powerful men who were allegedly involved in Epstein's trafficking ring. Senator Ben Sasse, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, urged Barr to void a 2008 agreement that Epstein entered into with federal prosecutors in Florida that has been widely criticized as too lenient.

The 2008 deal allowed Epstein to avoid a lengthy prison sentence by pleading guilty to lesser state charges.

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 victims deserve justice and they will get it", he said.

Epstein served just 13 months in jail over the Florida charges under a plea deal struck by the then federal prosecutor in the state, Alex Acosta, who was forced to resign as USA labor secretary last month over the issue.

Mr Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone complicit with Mr Epstein.

A second person familiar with operations at the jail said Epstein was found with a bedsheet around his neck.



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