Jeffrey Epstein 'special observation' watch protocols went unheeded in hours before death

Donald Trump and his future wife Melania financier Jeffrey Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a Lago club

The dual probes will seek to uncover why so many protocols were reportedly not followed, including how Epstein remained alone and unchecked in his cell for several hours before being found unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Barr, the top US law enforcement official, on Monday vowed to carry on the Epstein investigation following the death of the wealthy and well-connected money manager. That person also wasn't authorized to disclose information about the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Wexner recently hired white-collar defense lawyer Mary Jo White, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and former US attorney in Manhattan, according to a person familiar with the matter, as scrutiny of Epstein's finances intensifies. But he had been taken off that watch at the end of July and returned to the jail's special housing unit.

The order comes one day after Mr Barr said he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner". While talking to reporters Tuesday, the president said he wants a full investigation into Epstein's death, adding, there are too many suspicious circumstances.

The warden who was supervising the center has been reassigned to the Bureau of Prisons' Northeast Regional Office, according to the Justice Department.

"Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant", Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. Union local president Serene Gregg told The Washington Post that one guard was a fill-in who had been pressed into service because of staffing shortages.

Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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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. The Metropolitan Correctional Facility in New York City was supposed to have been monitoring the inmate every half an hour, but reports suggest they failed to check on him for several hours.

Another alleged Epstein recruiter, Haley Robson, received $200 payments each time she escorted a new "masseuse" to Epstein's home, according to police reports.

Both guards were working overtime shifts.

In a statement provided to BBC News, the organisation's president Eric Young said prison employees who are not correctional officers - such as teachers, nurses, clerical workers - are often made to guard inmates due to a process known as "augmentation".

The warden was not identified in the announcement and the department has not responded to a request to confirm the name of a person connected in other documents with the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Mr Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone complicit with Mr Epstein.

Another woman named in the plea deal, Leslie Groff, was accused in a 2017 lawsuit of making travel arrangements for Epstein's alleged victims and taking steps to ensure the girls complied with "the rules of behaviour imposed upon them by the enterprise". The New York City Medical Examiner's office has performed an autopsy, but the results are still pending. His cellmate had been transferred and had not been replaced, officials said.

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