By Morgan Chalfant |
Federal officials are coming under immense and mounting public pressure to explain Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in his federal jail cell over the weekend.
News of the accused sex trafficker and financier’s death was met with immediate outrage and disbelief, with some, including President Trump, fanning conspiracy theories about the financier with connections to numerous wealthy and powerful figures. News outlets have unearthed details of apparent failings at the New York federal jail that housed Epstein.
The spotlight is squarely on Attorney General William Barr, who has promised a thorough investigation by the FBI and Justice Department inspector general.
On Tuesday, Barr ordered the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to be temporarily reassigned pending federal investigations by the FBI and Justice Department inspector general. Two staff members assigned to Epstein’s unit at MCC were also placed on administration leave until the conclusion of the investigations.