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Bill Barr is not messing around on this one.
Due to the “serious irregularities” that occurred at MCC in New York just before Epstein reportedly hung himself in his jail cell, Barr has already taken action against the prison officials who were supposed to prevent such a thing from happening.
The warden in charge of the jail has been reassigned and the two guards that were on duty the night Epstein died have been suspended!
Heads are already rolling, and with Barr in charge, there’s bound to be more to come!
Take a look at this breaking news on Barr’s initiative in the Epstein suicide investigation:
NBC has more details:
The warden of the federal lockup where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently took his own life has been temporarily reassigned and two guards tasked with watching the financier have been placed on leave, Department of Justice officials said Tuesday.
The move to reassign the warden, Lamine N'Diaye, came three days after Epstein was found unresponsive at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
"Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau’s Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate," according to a statement by Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec.
"FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci has been named Acting Warden of the MCC New York. The Bureau of Prisons also placed on administrative leave two MCC staff assigned to Mr. Epstein’s unit pending the outcome of the investigations. Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant.”
CBS also stated:
The Justice Department said Tuesday that two guards who were assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself have been placed on administrative leave and the warden, Lamine N'Diaye, has been reassigned to an office post. The announcement comes as both the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating Epstein's death.
The Justice Department also said the warden of another facility in upstate New York has been named the acting warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Epstein was being held. The Department says it will take additional personnel action as warranted. The two guards have not been identified.
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."
Jose Rojas, a union leader and teacher at a federal prison in Florida, said N'Diaye should be home without pay instead of being reassigned. He said it appears to him that the Bureau of Prisons is "protecting him and putting the blame on officers."
"I put this on the warden," he said. "If he would have had common sense and followed policy, we wouldn't be here discussing this."
On the morning of Epstein's death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell, a source familiar with the situation told CBS News. Corrections officers attempted to revive him while saying "breathe, Epstein, breathe."
Congress is the latest to start investigating Epstein's apparent suicide, with new reports raising questions about the federal jail where he was being held. One of Epstein's guards at the detention center on the night he died was reportedly not a regular corrections officer.