USA attorney general cites 'serious irregularities' at jail where Epstein died

New York coroner 'confident' Epstein's death was suicide

New York coroner 'confident' Epstein's death was suicide

The guards assigned to check on the cell of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were working "extreme overtime shifts" in order to make up for staffing shortages on the morning of the late financier's "apparent suicide".

Guards in Jeffrey Epstein's unit were working "extreme overtime" in the hours before his death, leaving gaps in his supervision, USA media report.

The New York City medical examiner said that an autopsy had been completed on Epstein on Sunday but that a determination on the cause of death is still pending.

Law enforcement officials told The New York Post on August 11 that there is no surveillance footage of the apparent suicide. That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and also spoke on condition of anonymity. The Associated Press has not independently confirmed the information.

"The Attorney General has stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the results of their inquiries", Nadler and Collins wrote.

Hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed on Friday - one day before Epstein's death - included new details of the sexual abuse claims against the multimillionaire, including allegations by a woman that she was forced to have sex with Epstein's powerful friends.

The 66-year-old financier was found Saturday morning in his cell at the chronically short-staffed Metropolitan Correctional Center, in a unit known for holding notorious prisoners under extremely tight security. He was later pronounced dead from an apparent suicide, the BOP said.

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It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates who are deemed to be at risk of taking their own lives. But he was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn't on it at the time of his death, the person said. Barr previously said that both the FBI and the Department of Justice's inspector general were opening investigations into Epstein's death. "We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation". U.S. Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

According to the charges - which Epstein denied - the girls, some as young as 14, were given hundreds of dollars for sex acts.

The suspicion in Epstein's death was hanging, said a city official not authorized to speak on the record.

Epstein's death is the latest black eye for the Bureau of Prisons, which was already was under fire over the October beating death of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Saturday in a scathing letter to Barr that "heads must roll" after the incident. The decision by officials at the Bureau of Prisons not to keep Epstein on a suicide watch by guards has come under scrutiny. Under that 2008 agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related state charges and served 13 months behind bars. Araoz alleged that Epstein raped her in his NY mansion in the early 2000s when she was 15. "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

The US Attorney General further said that the case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein in the alleged sex trafficking crimes.

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