Trump says he wants "full investigation" in alleged sex offender Epstein's death

Clay Curtis
August 14, 2019

"Attorney General William Barr blasted corrections officials on Monday for what he described as "serious irregularities" at the NY federal prison where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead".

Attorney General William Barr ordered warden Lamine N'Diaye temporarily assigned to the Bureau of Prisons' regional office while the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigate.

The two guards placed on administrative leave by the Bureau of Prisons had been assigned to Epstein's unit at the Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC), Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and United States authorities have pledged to conduct a full investigation into his death, which has been classified as an apparent suicide.

"FBI and the office of DOJ IG will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability", he added.

"Let me assure you that this case will continue", Barr said.

Lawyers for those potential defendants are likely to seize on wording in Epstein's non-prosecution agreement that appears to tie the hands of the entire Justice Department when it comes to indicting co-conspirators, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami who has followed the case closely.

Epstein was being held without bail, awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.

After he was taken off the watch at the end of July, Epstein was put on "special observation status", which meant that guards were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes, the report said. But investigators learned those checks weren't done for several hours before he was found Saturday morning, according to a person familiar with the case.

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An additional federal investigation was launched Saturday after the Federal Bureau of Prison said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at a high-security jail in Manhattan.

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

Nicholas Tartaglione, an ex-Westchester cop who faces the death penalty in a quadruple homicide upstate, was being held a few cells away from Epstein on August 10, when he was found unresponsive around 6:30 a.m. According to court documents, Epstein sexually exploited and abused dozens of under-age girls at his homes in New York City and in Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that the Clintons, Trump or other powerful individuals got to Epstein, either killing him or convincing him to kill himself. He was later pronounced dead from an apparent suicide, the BOP said.

Lisa Bloom, an attorney for several women who claim they were abused by Epstein, told CBS that she plans to file civil litigation against Epstein's estate.

His side of the deal saw him agree to plead guilty to a state-level charges of solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution.

For more than a decade, the union that represents federal correctional officers has been warning of what it describes as "unsound" and "dangerous" staffing levels at prisons around the country.

Jeffrey Epstein used a bedsheet tied to a bunk bed to hang himself in his NY jail cell, according to reports; Bryan Llenas has the latest.

But without the results from the post mortem examination, questions still loom regarding the precise cause of Epstein's death. Her attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

A private pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, observed the autopsy on behalf of Epstein's representatives, which she called 'routine practice'.

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