FBI Doesn’t Buy Bill Barr’s Story, Moves To Examine ‘Broken’ Cameras Outside Epstein Jail Cell: Report
The FBI is examining two broken cameras that were outside the prison cell where disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and abuse charges, Reuters reported Thursday.
The news comes after Attorney General Bill Ball released a statement saying that a camera stationed in the hallway outside Epstein’s prison cell suffered a glitch at the moment of his alleged suicide and its footage was deemed unusable.
A law enforcement source told Reuters that officials are reviewing the malfunctioning cameras from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. The cameras were sent to Quantico, Va., the site of a major FBI crime lab that analyzes forensic evidence.
Questions have arisen over why Epstein, who was found with marks on his neck in July, was not more closely monitored, though the Justice Department says the financier was cleared from suicide watch by a psychologist.
Reports have also surfaced regarding abnormalities in how he was observed, including one report claiming that guards in Epstein’s unit fell asleep and did not check on him during the time when he is believed to have hanged himself.
Epstein was awaiting trial after being accused of sexually trafficking and abusing several underage girls from 2002 to 2005.