Guards at Epstein jail suspected of falsifying log entries: AP

Guards at Epstein jail suspected of falsifying log entries: AP
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Guards at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein is believed to have killed himself last weekend are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates in his unit every 30 minutes when they were in fact not, according to The Associated Press.

A person familiar with the investigation into Epstein’s death told the AP that surveillance video reviewed after the incident showed guards never made some of the checks they noted in a log.

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Epstein was found dead early Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City while he awaited trial on charges he sexually trafficked underage girls.

The news comes after the Justice Department announced it ordered the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily reassign the warden at the Manhattan federal prison and place two staff members assigned to Epstein’s unit on administrative leave.

“I was appalled — indeed, the entire department was — and, frankly, angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner. We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation,” Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani considers launching impeachment podcast The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship MORE said Monday morning.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC and we will hold people accountable for this failure.”

Officials are facing pressure to determine why Epstein, who had been placed on suicide watch in late July after reportedly being found with marks on his neck, was not being closely monitored.

Several reports have surfaced describing the federal jail as being short-staffed and saying protocols were not followed by the prison’s employees.

Epstein, a financier who was associated with many powerful politicians and professionals in other fields, had been in the prison since early July after being arrested on charges of trafficking minors from 2002 to 2005.