Following the death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General William Barr is taking matters into his own hands to penalize the Manhattan Correctional Center.
ABC News reports Barr temporarily assigned the center’s warden and placed two other workers on administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation into Epstein’s death.
“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,” said Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec via ABC News.
Warden temporarily reassigned, two staffers placed on administrative leave as Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide leads to shake up at New York jail. https://t.co/NDmmMvw792
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According to the report, James Petrucci, the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, will replace Lamine N’Diaye as acting warder at MCC.
The personnel moves are considered routine and are not out of ordinary actions to take amid an investigation.
ABC News adds:
The order comes one day after Barr raised alarm about “serious irregularities” at the MCC prison and decried the facility’s “failure” in being able to secure Epstein.
“We will get to the bottom of it, and there will be accountability,” Barr said in remarks to law enforcement in New Orleans Monday.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News Tuesday that Epstein hanged himself in his cell. The two guards who were assigned to the Special Housing Unit where Epstein’s cell was located were both working overtime, according to sources, and reportedly did not follow the protocol requiring them to check on Epstein every 30 minutes.
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Officials also tell ABC News that part of the investigation into his death centers around why Epstein was not assigned a new cellmate after his previous cellmate was transferred out in the hours before Epstein took his own life.
Barr previously announced that he was “appalled” that the MCC failed in their duties to keep Epstein alive to face his date in court. The attorney general said Epstein’s case was personal to him and his colleagues at the Justice Department and that they would continue investigating his alleged crimes and any co-conspirators.