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The janitor of the federal prison in New York where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead has been redistributed, the Justice Department says. Two other employees were left on leave.
The administrative movements took place among official investigations of Epstein's death and following harsh official criticism by the Bureau of Prisons.
Epstein's death, the result of an obvious suicide, shows "flaws in imprinted protocol and has allowed the deceased to ultimately avoid justice," wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., and ranked member Rope. Doug Collins, R-Ga, in a letter to BOP.
Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that investigators had already discovered "serious irregularities" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where Epstein had been housed.
The janitor who supervised the center has been redistributed to the Bureau of Prisons Northeast Regional Office, according to the Justice Department.
The watchman was not identified in the notice and the department had not responded to a request to confirm the name of a person affiliated in other documents to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
James Petrucci, who oversaw a prison in Otisville, NY, will take over as acting guard, the Department of Justice said.
"Further action can be taken when circumstances warrant," said a spokeswoman.
The Ministry of Justice also did not identify the two prison staff who were redistributed as the investigations progressed.
The president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals, Eric Young, said the moves seemed standard.
"The measures taken today by the Attorney General are typical of protecting the integrity of the investigations until some formal action, if any, is justified."
NPR's national security correspondent Greg Myre contributed to this report.