HUGE: Epstein Prison Guard Cooperating With Investigators, Wants to Give Up Key Info
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Tova Noel, one of the prison guards who was on duty the night that Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously died, was charged on Tuesday with falsifying records. Noel is now coming forward, stating that she plans on cooperating with investigators and wants to give them information about the events surrounding the night Epstein died.
The prison guard just so happened to go missing for two hours when Epstein allegedly hung himself in Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Noel and her fellow prison guard Michael Thomas were arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal conspiracy and falsifying official records “for allegedly fudging ‘count slips’ while failing for hours to check on Epstein and other inmates in the MCC’s ninth-floor Special Housing Unit,” according to the Post.
Epstein had attempted suicide by hanging just a week before and had only recently been moved off suicide watch when Noel and Thomas decided to abrogate their duties and spend the evening “goofing off,” as the Post put it. When they returned to duty at 6:30 a.m. to deliver breakfast to the accused pedophile and child trafficker, they found him dead, hanging in his cell, having used strips of cloth ripped from his bedsheet to form a makeshift noose.
“As alleged, the defendants had a duty to ensure the safety and security of federal inmates in their care at the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. “Instead, they repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates, and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction.”
On Wednesday, Noel and her lawyers made it clear that they were searching for a plea deal.
“In fact, Ms. Noel remains available to fully and truthfully cooperate with the Inspector General’s investigation, which is also geared toward uncovering the many problems that existed from the commencement of her employment which continue to plague the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” her lawyer said.
The Daily Wire continues:
Noel’s lawyers did not specify further what information Noel could offer, but presumably it has, at least, something to do with the inner workings of MCC. In addition to guards that were apparently sleeping on the job, the jail suffered from malfunctioning security cameras and questionable management, all of which affected Epstein’s stay. And although an autopsy concluded that Epstein’s death was a suicide, the strange circumstances have allowed questions to persist.
The FBI and DOJ investigations are ongoing. Congress is also currently hearing testimony from jail officials over how they were able to lose such a high-profile defendant. Those hearings have gone largely unnoticed, falling victim to a focus on the House impeachment inquiry.
On Tuesday, Bureau of Prisons' director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer announced that the FBI is investigating Epstein's death to see if a "criminal enterprise" took place.
The comments were made when Sawyer was being questioned by Senator Lindsey Graham.
“With a case this high profile there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both, is the FBI looking at both?” Graham asked.
“The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes,” Hawk responded.
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