Some Guards In Prison Holding Jeffrey Epstein Weren't Officers

'SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES': Attorney General Vows Full Investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's Death in Custody

Trump also defended his decision on Saturday to retweet an unfounded conspiracy theory from a conservative comedian named Terrence K Williams that Bill Clinton was involved in Epstein's death.

Employees say budget cuts and hiring freezes put in place and have taken a toll at law enforcement agencies.

Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation records and court documents, knew about Epstein's penchant for teenage girls and lined up victims for him.

The chairman and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, sent a scathing letter on Monday to the acting director of federal prisons stating that the "competency and rigor of our criminal justice system has been marred".

Trump made the comments a day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr vowed to carry on the Epstein investigation even after the wealthy and well-connected money manager's death.

Epstein, 66, was facing federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was being held without bail at the federal facility where he died.

In exchange, federal-level charges against him were dropped.

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

Both guards working on his unit were working overtime shifts, but it's unclear whether they were doing so voluntarily. But investigators have learned those checks weren't done for several hours before Epstein was found unresponsive, according to a person familiar with the episode. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.

Those conditions could make it more hard for correctional officers to enforce the BOP's strict measures for screening security risks.

Additionally, Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, tells The Washington Post that one of the guards assigned to Epstein's unit wasn't a correctional officer, but a fill-in who had been pressed into service.

The 66-year-old was discovered to be unresponsive early Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in NY.

Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch after being found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck, an incident that officials were investigating as a possible suicide or assault.

Maxwell is said to be Epstein's ex-girlfriend turned business associate. She noted the limitations jailers face when someone decides to take his or her own life. Epstein's personal assistant, Sarah Kellen, would call ahead to recruiters in Florida when Epstein was planning a trip to his Palm Beach mansion, the police reports say.

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. Another prison guard arrested along with Perez was convicted of raping a female inmate, while a third pleaded guilty to sexual abuse.

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

"What I see is a continued deterioration of leadership in the BOP", said Jack Donson, a retired correctional treatment specialist who worked for the agency for more than two decades.

Instead, he admitted to two state prostitution charges and served 13 months in county jail in Florida.

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