Jeffrey Epstein's NY jail was short-staffed


William Barr, the United States attorney general, on Monday said he was "appalled" and "angry" over alleged child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein's death in custody as new claims emerged about oversights from prison guards. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, said during a speech at an event in New Orleans on Monday. The meeting was interrupted at one point by the jail psychologist came to visit Epstein, who appeared open to speak to her.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, and Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the panel's top Republican, sent the Bureau of Prisons' acting director, Hugh Hurwitz, a letter on Monday with almost two dozen questions about Epstein's confinement, his monitoring before his death and his removal from suicide watch.

"Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein".

He said: "I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was frankly angry, to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner". Barr spoke at a conference for police officers in New Orleans adding, "we are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation".

"We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability", said Barr, who has also ordered the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the circumstances.

"Epstein's death must not deprive his victims of justice", the ministers said.

But prosecutors forged a deal with the financier in 2008 and Epstein avoided federal charges - which could have seen him face life in prison.

At the time of his death, Epstein was being held without bail and faced up to 45 years in prison on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial. Alexander Acosta, the Florida attorney general at the time, resigned as Trump's Labor Secretary last month.

According to the charges - which Epstein denied - the girls, some as young as 14, were given hundreds of dollars for sex acts.

An autopsy was performed earlier in the day on the disgraced financier found unresponsive on Saturday in a New York City jail, chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said. On Saturday, Trump retweeted a theory from Terrence Williams, a comedian who supports the president, about Clinton's supposed hand in Epstein's death.

Epstein was apparently taken off suicide watch in late July at the request of his attorneys, unidentified sources told The Wall Street Journal.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth-straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.

Epstein reportedly did not have a cellmate, which would be another serious breach of protocol in a high-security jail.



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