The Epstein investigation has gone almost unnoticed in the past week, as the media has been focused on the impeachment inquiry. However, FBI and DOJ inquiries have been continuing.
The two correctional officers who had been assigned to keep watch on convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who was incarcerated and awaiting trial were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy and falsifying official records, reports the New York Post.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were charged“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,” on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Prison guard Noel has agreed to cooperate with the investigations, defense lawyer Jason Foy said in a statement: “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 [and] which continue to plague the Metropolitan Correctional Center.”
It is unclear what information Noel will be able to give investigators. Epstein’s death was deemed suicide after the autopsy, although mystery surrounds certain circumstances.
As reported by The Daily Wire, Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer admitted to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday that the FBI is looking into whether “criminal enterprise” was involved in Epstein’s death.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Sawyer, “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?”
Sawyer replied, “The FBI is involved, and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes.”
.@LindseyGrahamSC on Jeffrey Epstein: “Do you concur with the opinion that it was a suicide?”
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Sawyer: “That was the finding of the coroner.”
Graham: “Do you have any evidence to suggest otherwise?”
Sawyer: “I do not.” pic.twitter.com/2aBK0YWXuP
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 19, 2019
Epstein had been placed under suicide watch after a botched attempt at killing himself the week before his death. He had just been removed from the suicide watch when the two guards decided to spend the evening—when they should have been checking on him and other inmates—preoccupied with other activities.
After returning to their posts at 6:30 a..m to serve breakfast to Epstein, they discovered him hanging in his cell, with torn strips of his bedsheet as a noose.