US Attorney General William Barr ordered removing the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead apparently in a suicide, the Justice Department said on Tuesday August 13th.
This comes only hours after US President Donald Trump asked for a full investigation into the death of the millionaire, 66, who had faced sex trafficking charges.
"I want a full investigation, and that's what I absolutely am demanding. That's what our attorney general, our great attorney general is doing," Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The two guards who were supposed to watch Epstein and other prisoners were asleep at the time leaving Epstein alone in his cell for two or three hours without checks, the New York times on Tuesday cited officials as saying.
Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning, August 10th, after having apparently hanged himself. He was found one to two hours later, CBS cited a law enforcement source and another source familiar with the investigation as saying, raising accusations that the corrections officers may have falsified reports about checking on Epstein.
Barr said on Monday August 12th there were "serious irregularities" at the New York jail where Epstein died, AFP has reported.
"I was appalled and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center's failure to adequately secure this prison," Barr told reporters.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the matter said that Epstein was not on watch at the time of his death, despite being placed on suicide watch. Epstein was found in July with marks on his neck, indicating a possible suicide attempt.
The cause of Epstein’s death remains pending, although an autopsy on him was completed on Sunday August 11th, New York City's medical examiner said.