It seems the staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center are not off the hook for the death of Jeffrey Epstein just yet.
According to a source who reportedly spoke with CNN, up to 20 staff members at MCC were hit with a number of subpoenas last week.
The subpoenas come after the apparent suicide of Epstein on MCC’s watch. The disgraced financier was taken off suicide watch shortly before his death.
In an attempt to piece together the hours leading up to the convicted pedophile’s death, the subpoenas were partly aimed at lieutenants who oversaw the cell block where Epstein was held, CNN’s source said.
Part of what these officers could be asked about is the checks that were supposed to happen on Epstein in 30-minute intervals. Guards failed to check on Epstein and reportedly doctored their own logbook instead of conducting the patrols every half hour.
By all appearances, these subpoenas hint that Attorney General William Barr is on the warpath.
And it looks like he isn’t just going for a slap on the wrist, either.
“The fact that this is a grand jury investigation means that they are investigating a specific crime,” a CNN legal analyst said. “It tells me that it’s something more than just ‘Let’s pick up the pieces and do a report’ like an inspector general would normally do.”
Epstein’s death came as a shock to most of the country.
Although previously on suicide watch for a previous attempt to take his own life, Epstein was quickly removed from the special status. Not long after, he was dead.
Questions about how such a high-profile prisoner, especially one who had recently attempted suicide, could be allowed to die on MCC’s watch swirled. Reports of shrieking from Epstein’s cell and claims from his former cellmate only complicate the situation.
Some speculated that his death was not self-inflicted, but rather the result of being “suicided” by elites potentially implicated in his crimes.
Barr’s attempts to discover the truth about Epstein’s death have been virtually stonewalled.
The attorney general earlier told reporters that witnesses “were not cooperative.” Many demanded union representatives and lawyers before they would agree to sit down for an interview with investigators.
Now, instead of an intimate interview with investigators, those subpoenaed may have to face a grand jury.
It appears AG Barr is doing whatever is in his power to discover the truth about what really happened in that cell block. Hopefully, his actions turn up more answers than questions.
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