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Bill Barr Allegedly Made Secret Visit to Jail Before Epstein's Death

Bill Barr Allegedly Made Secret Visit to Jail Before Epstein's Death

The suicide of alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continues to mystify the nation, and how the 66-year-old was able to kill himself while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY is now under FBI investigation, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr has opened up an official probe into the case.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth-straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.

The news of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein committing suicide in a federal facility in Manhattan has sparked a number of wild theories online, including that he may have been bumped off by some unspecified person close to him to prevent evidence from surfacing about the other well-connected people to whom he may have trafficked children.

In recent weeks, the correctional officers' union has complained of understaffing.

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Both the FBI and the Justice Department's Inspector General have launched independent investigations into the circumstances of Epstein's death, which was reportedly the result of hanging. The Bureau of Prisons dropped the ball.

A longtime pathologist who used to work for the chief medical examiner's office, Dr. Joe Cohen, said it's not unusual that the medical examiner would wait to release a cause of death. Barr said in a statement he was "appalled" at hearing the news and said it raised "serious questions that must be answered". "This is routine practice", she said, adding that federal prosecutors were aware of Baden's attendance. 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. But he was taken off suicide watch after only one week, in a decision the Bureau of Prisons surely will be asked to account for. The financier was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and sex trafficking dozens of underage girls in the states of NY and Florida. It remains unknown whether that incident was a suicide attempt or an assault by another inmate. This allowed Epstein to plead guilty to Florida state charges of procuring a minor for prostitution, for which he served 13 months in jail.

A Miami Herald series on the plea deal and the new charges in July renewed attention on the plea deal and spurred outrage against it. "Disbelief. It's still a little shocking that something like that could have happened given his high-profile status in the Bureau of Prisons", she said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources".

"My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death", Sampson said.