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2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death

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By JIM MUSTIAN, MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL BALSAMO

Two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself in jail have been placed on leave and the warden has been removed as federal authorities investigate the financier's death, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The announcement came amid mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from harming himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

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. 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.

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

While the exact manner of Epstein's death has not been officially announced, a second person familiar with operations at the jail said the financier was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.

Under the jail's protocol, Epstein would not have been given a bedsheet had he been on suicide watch. He was placed on suicide watch last month after he was found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck, but he was later returned to the jail's special housing unit for inmates needing close supervision.

On Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner," adding: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability."

The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating.

The Justice Department did not immediately identify the guards placed on leave or the warden who was transferred. The department said the warden of an institution in upstate New York has been named the acting warden at the jail.

Eric Young, president of the union council that represents prison guards, said that such reassignments are routinely done to "protect the integrity of investigations until any formal action, if any, is warranted."

One of Epstein's guards the night he took his life was not a regular correctional officer, one of those familiar with the case said. Union local president Serene Gregg told The Washington Post that one guard was a fill-in who had been pressed into service because of staffing shortages.

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

Federal prosecutors in New York are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any if his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.

According to police reports, FBI records and court documents, Epstein had a team of recruiters and other assistants who knew of his penchant for girls and lined up victims for him.

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Barr is ultimately responsible for this organization.

 Where is his resignation.

Two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself in jail have been placed on leave and the warden has been removed as federal authorities investigate the financier's death, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

That'll help the severe shortage of guards at MCC which has resulted from Trump's Federal hiring freeze.

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Barr is ultimately responsible for this organization.

Why?

Where is his resignation.

Why would he resign??

That'll help the severe shortage of guards at MCC which has resulted from Trump's Federal hiring freeze.

Ok, so let’s excuse and move the goalpost once again from the blame from the people that were on the job that didn’t do their job.

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Stable door, open, horse, bolted. Or been bolted, depending on which conspiracy theory you believe in.

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That innocent-looking sheet thoughtfully provided by the prison authorities who should have known better (not the first time sheets have made make-shift nooses) is already a gross violation of security. A rough blanket should have been provided instead ( also rather difficult to suffocate yourself with). Camera switched off, guards conveniently elsewhere, provided a perfect window of opportunity. After the milk has been spilled, a cover-up operation is probably now underway. If, despite the mountain of evidence, no famous name is indicted we will know the operation has gone according to plan.

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If, despite the mountain of evidence, no famous name is indicted we will know the operation has gone according to plan.

Or it could just be criminal negligence by bored, stupid or incompetent officials, part of whose job is actually to look out for at-risk prisoners. No shortage of precedents for that scenario.

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On Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner," adding: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability."

My guess is that they will find incompetent staffing that had been brought to the attention of higher ups long before this. Looking forward to Barr passing the buck.

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At least we won't have to have what would have been a lengthy expensive legal battle. The feds already have the list of Epstein's cohorts.

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Attorney General William Barr 

A lifelong DC swampman who's spent his career as a protector of the 'establishment's' right wing faction. Given Epstein's connections to so many in the establishment - of all political leanings - Barr's role must be scrutinized. Trump appointed Barr head of DOJ to protect Trump in his quest to gain more executive powers while protecting the faction of the .01% increasing their wealth and power while Trump's in office. As head of the DOJ (and therefore FBI) does anyone know what all Barr's doing to limit 'foreign' states from further meddling in US elections and politics?

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A lifelong DC swampman who's spent his career as a protector of the 'establishment's' right wing faction.

Like Holder the alt lefts.

Given Epstein's connections to so many in the establishment - of all political leanings - Barr's role must be scrutinized.

How about all the people involved with Epstein? Should they be heavily scrutinized?

Trump appointed Barr head of DOJ to protect Trump in his quest to gain more executive powers while protecting the faction of the .01% increasing their wealth and power while Trump's in office.

The herb is good today.

As head of the DOJ (and therefore FBI) does anyone know what all Barr's doing to limit 'foreign' states from further meddling in US elections and politics.

I don’t remember you asking any of these questions three years ago about Mueller, why?

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A lifelong DC swampman who's spent his career as a protector of the 'establishment's' right wing faction.

Like Holder the alt lefts.

Well, thanks for admitting Barr is a lifelong DC swampman...

Given Epstein's connections to so many in the establishment - of all political leanings - Barr's role must be scrutinized.

How about all the people involved with Epstein? Should they be heavily scrutinized?

Heck yea, especially his neighbors...

Trump appointed Barr head of DOJ to protect Trump in his quest to gain more executive powers while protecting the faction of the .01% increasing their wealth and power while Trump's in office.

The herb is good today.

Witty Trumper come-back - that only dodges the issue...

As head of the DOJ (and therefore FBI) does anyone know what all Barr's doing to limit 'foreign' states from further meddling in US elections and politics.

I don’t remember you asking any of these questions three years ago about Mueller, why?

Didn't have to - because not only the FBI but the CIA and all the other Intel agencies confirmed Russia's interference - so Obama in Sep 16 went to "Moscow Mitch" and said we need to do a bipartisan press release on what Russia is doing, so both sides know its credible. What did Moscow Mitch do - what he always does - said "No"...

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2016/12/mitch-mcconnell-prevented-stronger-action-against-russian-election-meddling.html

And isn't it interesting that as soon as Trump was elected, Mitch's wife was selected Transportation Secretary...

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Those guys better be very careful. I expect them all to have fatal "accidents" in the near future.

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Oh, gee whiz! Suspended? Reassigned? A man is dead in their care, but it could have been worse! Don't slap their wrists too hard! Oh, the humanity!

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because not only the FBI but the CIA and all the other Intel agencies confirmed Russia's interference -

@bas4fAs it anyone on this card green earth believes what they say? ROFL! You funny.

Worrying that so many Trump backers distrust the US government and instead believe what the Kremlin says. Trump's been effective at getting his base (his US base) to turn against their own country. They instead believe Trump with his history of corrupt business practices, a master of bait and switch and other dirty tactics, a man who flip-flops more than most other corrupt politicians, a man who's been reported to have told more than 11,000 lies since he's been in office. And the only defense they can offer is some variation of 'other people are bad, too' or 'Can't prove it', both tactics used by the Soviets - while they're defending the Russian Federation's leader.

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Barr is ultimately responsible for this organization.  Where is his resignation.

Carrying that logic a little further, Crazy, Trump is ultimately responsible for Barr. Where is his resignation? Oh, you'd love that, lol

"he apparently killed himself"

Yeah, not much chance of foul play here.

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The truth will never be known. Taken off suicide watch, no cell checks the night before, no cell camera.

The only evidence is the medical examiner and whether he hung himself or was strangled we will never know?

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Well, thanks for admitting Barr is a lifelong DC swampman...

I never said he and Holder weren’t.

Witty Trumper come-back - that only dodges the issue...

Naw, you just got cornered again.

Didn't have to - because not only the FBI but the CIA and all the other Intel agencies confirmed Russia's interference - so Obama in Sep 16 went to "Moscow Mitch" and said we need to do a bipartisan press release on what Russia is doing, so both sides know its credible.

I’m sorry, but Obama didn’t need McConnell tell the country that his administration was compromised by the Russians.

And isn't it interesting that as soon as Trump was elected, Mitch's wife was selected Transportation Secretary...

Feinstein, Holder, so many questions.....

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Worrying that so many Trump backers distrust the US government and instead believe what the Kremlin says.

Lol, yeah...we believe the Kremlin as much as we believe Bernie Sanders is capitalist.

PT, that’s was funny.

Trump's been effective at getting his base (his US base) to turn against their own country.

No, we’re just tired of all the wheeling and scheming the Democrats do.

They instead believe Trump with his history of corrupt business practices, a master of bait and switch and other dirty tactics, a man who flip-flops more than most other corrupt politicians,

Hmmm....I beg to differ..., but as a non-politician, he’s learned from the best Democrats.

a man who's been reported to have told more than 11,000 lies since he's been in office.

Gosh, is only our media would keep track of all the lies the Democrats make it would fill the entire Dodgers Stadium threefold.

And the only defense they can offer is some variation of 'other people are bad, too' or 'Can't prove it', both tactics used by the Soviets - while they're defending the Russian Federation's leader.

Well, you guys in truth or anything either, so it’s a draw

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well ok the guards put on leave and the warden reassigned. nothing else to see here.

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People say the rich get away with murder, we simply have to find out who is richer than Epstein

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Well, thanks for admitting Barr is a lifelong DC swampman...

I never said he and Holder weren’t.

Once again, your own words, in black and white - thanks for agreeing with me...

Witty Trumper come-back - that only dodges the issue...

Naw, you just got cornered again.

The Dodger says someone else is cornered when he can't reply....yep, that's Trump-world...

Didn't have to - because not only the FBI but the CIA and all the other Intel agencies confirmed Russia's interference - so Obama in Sep 16 went to "Moscow Mitch" and said we need to do a bipartisan press release on what Russia is doing, so both sides know its credible.

I’m sorry, but Obama didn’t need McConnell tell the country that his administration was compromised by the Russians.

No, he needed McConnell to put his country above partisanship and a good job for his wife - we know how that worked out...

And isn't it interesting that as soon as Trump was elected, Mitch's wife was selected Transportation Secretary...

Feinstein, Holder, so many questions.....

Checkmate - can't answer it can you...

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Once again, your own words, in black and white - thanks for agreeing with me...

That Holder is a part of the swamp.

The Dodger says someone else is cornered

Because liberals don’t have any recourse as usual

No, he needed McConnell to put his country above partisanship

The last President had Reid, trust me, I know the feeling of anger.

..

Checkmate - can't answer it can you

I did already and always will.

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A suspension and investigation is usually routine in such an iffy case like this, surely. I wouldn't be surprised to hear about understaffing and double shifts, that seems to be endemic in prison systems that are run like a business, trying to cut costs and corners.

Something out of the ordinary happened, but that's all we know so far.

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Because liberals don’t have any recourse as usual

Every day, and almost every topic...

Am amazed at how such derailments are not only tolerated but relatively successful at deflecting.

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Once again, your own words, in black and white - thanks for agreeing with me...

That Holder is a part of the swamp.

Just like Barr....

The Dodger says someone else is cornered

Because liberals don’t have any recourse as usual

You're the one that didn't answer...

No, he needed McConnell to put his country above partisanship

The last President had Reid, trust me, I know the feeling of anger.

Reid never sold his country out for a job for his wife...

Checkmate - can't answer it can you

I did already and always will.

Really? Where? Explain Moscow Mitch refusing a bipartisan release on Russian interference and then his wife gets a top-level job as Trump's Sec of Transportation? We'll be waiting...

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