The move comes a day after Attorney General William Barr decried what he called a “failure” by officials at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan to secure the multimillionaire sex offender. In leveling his criticism, Barr cited unspecified “irregularities” at the facility.
On Tuesday, Barr “directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign” warden Lamine N’Diaye to a regional office, pending the outcome of internal investigations into Epstein’s death, the Justice Department said in a statement. Efforts to reach N’Diaye were not immediately successful.
Two staffers who were assigned to Epstein’s unit at the time of his death were placed on administrative leave, the department said.
“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” the department’s statement says.
Barr appointed James Petrucci, who has been running a federal prison in nearby Otisville, New York, as the facility’s new acting warden.
The facility is run by the Bureau of Prisons, which is part of the Justice Department and falls under Barr’s authority.
Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to officials familiar with the matter. He was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he died. Results of his