Barr Directs Staff Shakeup At Fed Prison Where Epstein Died Of Apparent Suicide

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: U.S. Attorney General William Barr pauses while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University School of Law on July 23, 2019 in New York City. In his remarks... NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: U.S. Attorney General William Barr pauses while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University School of Law on July 23, 2019 in New York City. In his remarks, Barr stated that increased encryption of data on phones and encrypted messaging apps puts American security at risk. Barr encouraged technology companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted data during certain criminal investigations. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Attorney General Bill Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to reassign the warden of the federal prison at which billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly left unmonitored long enough to die of an apparent suicide, a Justice Department spokesperson said Tuesday.

Barr has also directed the bureau to put two staff members that were serving on Epstein’s unit on administrative leave, DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement. 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.

The former warden will be temporarily placed at the bureau’s Northeast Regional Office and the warden of the Otisville, New York, federal prison, James Petrucci, will serve as acting warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Epstein was being held.

“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” Kupec said.

Barr announced on Monday that he directed an investigation into Epstein’s death, just a day after President Trump retweeted an unsubstantiated, far-right conspiracy theory that tied former President Bill Clinton to the accused sex trafficker’s death.

Multiple news outlets have reported that Epstein was left unmonitored for “several” hours before he was found dead of an apparent hanging on Saturday. Epstein was also reportedly suppose to have a cellmate, but his was transferred on Friday and not replaced.

The convicted sex offender was on suicide watch just days before his death after a recent attempt on his own life. Epstein was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting trial for federal charges that he operated a sex trafficking ring with underage girls in the early 2000s.

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  1. Barr should just stay out of all this – but, of course, he will not.

    (Assuming arguendo that he was not, in fact, the murderer!)

  2. The man is a crook.

    It’s like Capone investigating Eliot Ness…or or or…

    Barr Investigating the FBI.

    OT If Barr pulls this off, the the corruption is worse than most realize

  3. Oh, so now they’re doing what the Catholic church did with pedophile priests, move them on to the next assignment. Surely they’ll do a better job there.

  4. Proving that Barr, had he cared to do so, had the authority and power to ensure that protocols were in place and followed in order to prevent Epstein from becoming dead and to remain not dead through his trial.

    Or, vice versa.

  5. So was the warden reassigned to George Nader’s prison, or Manafort’s, or Cohen’s?

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