One of Jeffrey Epstein's two guards the night he hanged himself in his federal jail cell wasn't a regular correctional officer, according to people familiar with the detention centre, which is now under scrutiny for what Attorney General William Barr on Monday called "serious irregularities".
Following Epstein's death, Attorney General William Barr said that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be looking into Epstein's death in addition to an FBI investigation.
"We will get to the bottom of it, and there will be accountability", Barr said in remarks to law enforcement in New Orleans Monday.
At the same time, Barr warned on August 12 that any co-conspirator in the ongoing criminal probe "should not rest easy".
Epstein was being held without bail on federal sex trafficking charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.
The New York Times reported that although Epstein had been taken off suicide watch, officials were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes, but failed to do so.
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The department did not name the warden who was reassigned, but sources familiar with the matter identified him as Lamine N'Diaye, who formerly was in charge of the Bureau of Prisons office of internal affairs.
Epstein, who was about 6 feet tall, apparently committed suicide by kneeling toward the floor before strangling himself with the bedsheet noose, the source told the news outlet on August 12.
Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation records and court documents, knew about Epstein's penchant for teenage girls and lined up victims for him. The accusation raised further questions about Epstein's financial dealings.
While the Justice Department metes out discipline in the wake of Epstein's death, it is also pursuing possible charges against any Epstein co-conspirators.
"They don't want to jump to conclusions or rush to judgment", Cohen said, adding that it's common to delay the death certificate's release for weeks.
"I believe, and I don't know, nobody really knows - that someone got a big paycheck out of this somewhere", he told Fox News. "We can not allow Epstein's accomplices to escape, too".
Sasse's letter marks the second time in less than a week that the senator has written to Barr about Epstein's death, having written over the weekend that "heads must roll" over Epstein's suicide. Maxwell is said to be Epstein's ex-girlfriend turned business associate. They did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday about the planned civil suits against Epstein's estate.
"The Court should grant the victims all of their proposed remedies - including invaliding the provisions in the non-prosecution agreement that precludes prosecution of Epstein's co-conspirators". "And most of the Government's objections - which were likewise predicated on protecting Epstein's interests - have also become moot".