While the political and financial elites across the globe (and certainly in the UK) are doing everything in their power to bury the Epstein scandal - so to speak- both literally and metaphorically, CBS reports that such efforts face a hurdle as Federal prosecutors in New York are considering bringing criminal charges against the two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death.
As a reminder, Epstein, who was 66 at the time of his death, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on August 10.
The official explanation for Epstein's death was suicide, although skeptics have suggested that Epstein's sudden death was all too convenient as it also buried the toxic secrets of countless implicated "luminaries" and Wall Street and Beltway VIPs across all sectors of US life.
As a reminder, Epstein, who had been charged with sexually abusing a number of underage girls, was placed on suicide watch the month before his death after he was found on his cell floor with bruising on his neck. But multiple sources said that Epstein had been taken off suicide watch after about a week, and placed into a high-security housing unit where he was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.
At the end of October, prominent forensic expert Michael Baden refuted the official narrative, stating at the end of October that Epstein was "strangulated."
More recently, a viral meme claiming that "Epstein did not kill himself" has taken America by storm...
... culminating with an interview involving Matt Taibbi and outspoken radio host Joe Rogan, in which the viral phrase "Epstein was died" was born.
Prosecutors offered the officers the opportunity to plead guilty to the charges, but the officers declined the offer, the source added. And while the CBS source said it was not a plea deal, CNN's reporting suggested otherwise, noting that "at least one federal prison worker on duty the night before Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell was offered a plea deal in connection with the multimillionaire's death." As CNN elaborated, plea deal negotiations between prosecutors and attorneys indicate forthcoming charges by the Department of Justice relating to Epstein's death.
The two prison staff members who are allegedly the target of a criminal probe were guarding the unit where Epstein died by apparent suicide failed to check on him that night for about three hours, even though they were supposed to check on detainees in the special housing unit every 30 minutes.
Of the two officers who had the responsibility to monitor Epstein, one was not a detention guard but was temporarily reassigned to that post, according to CNN reporting. The guard, a man not identified by officials, had previously been trained as a corrections officer but had moved to another position. Rules at the Federal Bureau of Prisons allow people who work in other prison jobs, such as teachers and cooks, to be trained to fill in for posts usually manned by regular guards.
The second staff member on Epstein duty was a woman fully trained as a guard, according to the person briefed on the matter. Both guards were working overtime shifts, but it's unclear whether that was mandatory.
As questions about how such a high-profile prisoner could have died on the correctional center's watch, both the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigating the death.
Meanwhile, as reported earlier, in the latest scandal to emerge from Epstein's death - and life - the attempt by the UK's Prince Andrew - the second son of Queen Elizabeth II - to explain away his friendship with the pedophile financier in a high-profile TV interview "degenerated into a farce", which as Bloomberg notes, threatens to be the British royal family’s biggest public relations disaster since its handling of the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
It is so bad, in fact, that Prince Andrew's PR Adviser Jason Stein resigned over his catastrophic interview:
Sky News confirms Prince Andrew's PR adviser Jason Stein resigned over the Duke's decision to agree to the interview with the BBC— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) November 17, 2019
So yes, some embarrassment for the Queen and her immediate circle, but will there be any long-term consequences? Hardly: we are confident the royal family will spend enough PR money to put this scandal to bed in the coming days and weeks, meanwhile all those people whose secrets could have been exposed had Epstein "talked" will be delighted that their skeletons will remain forever in the closet with Epstein's
murder suicide, because whoever ordered the Epstein hit was hardly dumb enough to leave any "fingerprints."
As such, any criminal probe into Epstein's guards will, sadly, end with them.