Epstein was not monitored before death: report

Jeffrey Epstein was not being monitored in jail as directed before his death early Saturday, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the financier's detention told The New York Times

Authorities said Epstein died of apparent suicide. He was in jail on sex-trafficking charges. 

The law enforcement official told The Times Epstein was supposed to be checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night he was found dead in the Manhattan jail. 

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The jail had also transferred Epstein's cellmate and left him alone ahead of his apparent suicide, The Times reports. 

Epstein's death has left officials and lawmakers asking for answers on how this happened. 

Epstein had apparently been taken off suicide watch before he died. 

His death comes just weeks after officials investigated a possible suicide attempt. 

The FBI is launching an investigation into the circumstances of Epstein's death, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Mueller report fades from political conversation Barr removes prisons chief after Epstein death MORE said in a statement.