Epstein was found dead in his cell in the prison's special housing unit on Saturday morning, prompting speculation about the circumstances of the sex offender and financier's death in light of newly released court documents and incriminating information on powerful players that may have come out in his upcoming sex trafficking trial. The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating Epstein's death.
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".
Virginia Roberts, who accused Epstein of trafficking her when she was 17, claimed to have seen Clinton at the island in 2002. The department said the warden of an institution in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at the jail. The previous warden was reassigned to the bureau's Northeast Regional Office, Kupec added.
"I was appalled - and indeed the whole department was - and frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner", Barr said.
Mr Barr did not say what those irregularities were. That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and also spoke on condition of anonymity.
At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to the source. That's what our attorney general, our great attorney general, is doing.
He also poured scorn on the fact that Epstein reportedly was not found for hours after taking his own life. That wasn't from me. "But I don't think the estate is just going to hand it over to them".
Maxwell is said to be Epstein's ex-girlfriend turned business associate.
An autopsy was performed on Sunday on the disgraced financier after he was found unresponsive on Saturday in the Manhattan prison, chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said.
Government investigators raided the alleged sex trafficker's private island in the Virgin Islands on Monday.
Senator Ben Sasse, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, on Tuesday called on Barr to void a 2008 agreement that Epstein entered into with federal prosecutors in Florida that has been widely criticized as too lenient.
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.
With Epstein gone, prosecutors will have to do without his testimony in honing in on his co-conspirators.
"The argument that's going to be made by unindicted co-conspirators is that this paragraph was much broader than any other paragraph in the agreement", Weinstein said.
"The victims of Epstein's worldwide sex trafficking ring deserve justice", he continues.
This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates. Epstein was tied to US President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, actor Kevin Spacey and high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
A second person familiar with operations at the jail said Epstein was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck.
Neither White nor a representative for Wexner immediately responded to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.
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