The warden of the federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself was replaced Tuesday on the orders of Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons also placed two staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center who had been assigned to Epstein’s cell unit on administrative leave pending ongoing investigations into the death of the accused child sex trafficker Epstein.
“Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
Replacing Shirley Skipper-Scott as acting warden of the MCC is James Petrucci, the warden of the federal prison in Otisville, New York.
Skipper-Scott has been transferred to the Bureau of Prison’s Northeast Regional Office.
A lawyer for Epstein did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. The Bureau of Prisons also did not respond.
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