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Trump Administration shakes up staffing at the jail where financier Epstein died


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The Justice Department on Tuesday announced a staff shakeup at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, temporarily reassigning the warden and placing two corrections officers on administrative leave.


The announcement was made hours after President Donald Trump said he wanted a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.


Justice Department spokeswoman, said that James Petrucci, the warden at Federal Correctional Institution Otisville in New York, has been named as acting warden at MCC.


Attorney General William Barr on Monday vowed to carry on the Epstein investigation even after the wealthy and well-connected money manager’s death. Barr has ordered the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into the matter.


“Basically what we’re saying is we want an investigation. 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. He’s doing a full investigation,” Trump told 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 former President Bill Clinton was involved in Epstein’s death.



13th August 2019

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