Whoa.

The New York Times is reporting that the two guards who were supposed to check on Jeffrey Epstein every 30 minutes were actually asleep for 3 hours and then “falsified records” to cover it up:

From the NYT:

The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, two of the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.

In fact, the two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, three of the officials said.

The attorney general, William P. Barr, on Monday ordered the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into how Mr. Epstein had managed to commit suicide while in custody and why he had been taken off a suicide watch 12 days earlier.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” Mr. Barr said.

Falsifying records is a federal crime and the FBI is investigating:

Yesterday, the two guards were placed on administrative leave:

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