Barr Makes Major Move Against Federal Prisons Chief After Epstein Death
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On Monday, Attorney General Bill Barr made the bold move to demote acting Bureau of Prisons Director Hugh Hurwitz in response to accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's sudden suicide.
“I have asked Mr. Hurwitz to return to his responsibilities as assistant director of BOP’s reentry services division, where he will work closely with me in overseeing the implementation of one of the Department’s highest priorities, the First Step Act,” Barr said in a statement.
The Attorney General replaced Hurwitz with Kathleen hawk Sawyer, the former BOP director.
“Under Dr. Hawk Sawyer’s previous tenure at the bureau, she led the agency with excellence, innovation, and efficiency, receiving numerous awards for her outstanding leadership,” Barr announced. “I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead BOP with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers.”
Both Republicans and Democrats have called on the Justice Department to investigate Epstein's mysterious death considering the pedophile was a high profile prisoner who shouldn't have been able to kill himself so easily.
Earlier in the month, Republican Senator Ben Sasse spoke out: “The Department of Justice failed, and today Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators think they might have just gotten one last sweetheart deal,” he wrote. “Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him.”
This move by Barr isn't the only aggressive action he has taken in relation to the death of Epstein. Just last week, the Department of Justice led by AG Barr announced that the warden of the MCC jail would be temporarily reassigned and two of the prison guards on duty during the night of his death would be put on paid administrative leave.
"Today, the Attorney General directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York to the Bureau's Northeast Regional Office pending the outcome of the FBI and OIG investigations into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a former MCC inmate," Kerri Kupec a DOJ spokesperson said. "FCI Otisville Warden James Petrucci has been named Acting Warden of the MCC New York. The Bureau of Prisons also placed on administrative leave two MCC staff assigned to Mr. Epstein's unit pending the outcome of the investigations. Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant."
Although Epstein is dead, Attorney General Barr has a serious message for those involved with Epstein's criminal past.
While speaking to the National Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans on Monday, Barr noted that those involved with Epstein's sex trafficking case "should not rest easy" even though Epstein is dead.
“I was appalled and indeed the whole department was, and frankly angry, to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s failure to adequately secure this prison,” Barr said at the event.
“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation. The FBI and office of the inspector general are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability,” he noted.
“Let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it,” he continued.
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