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Partial Epstein Cover-Up Discovered as Authorities Find Logs Falsified by Epstein's Own Guards

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This is not a good beginning.

Americans who immediately suspected a cover-up was in the works when news of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s reported suicide behind bars broke on Saturday are getting more ammunition from early results of the investigation.

And it doesn’t look good for Epstein’s guards, either.

According to The New York Times, two staff members of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan falsified logs from the night of Epstein’s death to show that they had made the required checks of the prisoner’s cell.

Epstein, who was in a special housing unit and facing sex trafficking charges, should have been checked every 30 minutes in the overnight hours, according to The Times.

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Instead, the story now is that two guards were literally asleep on duty for about three hours — then falsified their logs to cover it up, The Times reported.

Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, surveillance video from the night in question shows the guards didn’t make their required rounds.

According to The Times, both guards were on overtime during the shift. (Which means if they were sleeping, they were doing it for overtime pay.)

If they weren’t making their required rounds, and doctoring records to indicate otherwise, there’s really no way of knowing exactly what they were doing on the night of Epstein’s death.

Does this development make you more suspicious about Epstein's death?

Falsifying the logs could constitute a federal crime, according to The Times. Both guards were placed on administrative leave.

MCC’s warden when Epstein died has been reassigned, The Times reported. Reuters identified the warden as Lamine N’Diaye, who was formerly head of the Bureau of Prisons office of internal affairs.

News of the latest twist in the already-twisted Epstein affair was greeted with understandable skepticism.

After all, it’s coming amid other revelations, such as the fact that Epstein had been left alone in his cell because his cellmate had been transferred on Friday, the day before his death.

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There was never going to be a simple resolution of the Epstein case.

The accusations — of sexually abusing and trafficking young girls — are too outrageous.

The cast of wealthy and powerful characters involved is too big — including names like former President Bill Clinton and, to a lesser extent, President Donald Trump.

But when the investigation into Epstein’s apparent suicide starts by revealing a cover-up of the most basic information about guard duty on the dead man, it’s not a good beginning at all.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.
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