Top US lawmaker demands answers in Jeffrey Epstein's death

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

There were two guards on duty in 9 South, the secure housing unit in one of the MCC's most restrictive wings, and they were supposed to check on him every 30 minutes.

The announcement comes after Epstein reportedly committed suicide in his jail cell early on Saturday morning after he was taken off of suicide watch late last month and his cellmate was transferred out of the cell just hours prior to the infamous financier's death.

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility", said Barr, who is responsible for federal prisons. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.

Speaking in New Orleans, Barr said the Justice Department will continue to investigate alleged co-conspirators and enablers of Epstein, despite his death.

The Department of Justice and the FBI have both launched investigations into Epstein's death amid questions surrounding the circumstances.

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.

Attorney General Bill Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden of MCC to a regional office pending an FBI and Justice Department investigation into the death of the high-profile prisoner, Kupec said.

Nadler said if the allegations of mistakes made at the prison were true, it would demonstrate "severe miscarriages of or deficiencies in inmate protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately evade facing justice".

Compounding this new information is a recent claim by the Associated Press that one of the people who were guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he died was not a correctional officer. The 66-year-old had pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.

Federal prosecutors in NY are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any if his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14. According to media reports, Epstein had been taken off suicide watch.

The moves are generally considered routine in such investigations, a source familiar with the circumstances told ABC News.

For more than a decade, the union that represents federal correctional officers has been warning of what it describes as "unsound" and "dangerous" staffing levels at prisons around the country.

Lindsay Hayes, a nationally recognized expert on suicide prevention behind bars, said that cameras are often ineffective because they require a staff member to be dedicated full time to monitoring the video feed 24 hours a day.

But Gerald Lefcourt, a lawyer who negotiated the agreement, said the deal should still protect any alleged co-conspirators for what happened between 2001 and 2007. Before his conviction, he had counted the rich and powerful, including US President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, among his associates.

Tartaglione has not yet been questioned about Epstein's suicide, Barket said.

Speaking to reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Trump also defended his decision on Saturday to retweet an unfounded conspiracy theory from a conservative comedian named Terrence K. Williams that Clinton was involved in Epstein's death.