Kellyanne Conway defends Trump's Jeffrey Epstein-Clinton tweets

A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held

Epstein, a 66-year-old financier who was arrested in July on sex trafficking charges, was being held in New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center but, according to the Bureau of Prisons, appeared to have killed himself early August 10. Authorities believe Epstein died by suicide because he was found hanging in his cell, but the New York City medical examiner released a statement Sunday evening saying she could not make a full determination on Epstein's cause of death until she had more information, according to the New York Post.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. The source also said that at the facility two jail guards are required to check on all inmates every 30 minutes.

A number of prominent lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as Attorney General William Barr, have said they plan to investigate the matter further to determine how and why Epstein's victims were denied justice in this way.

Epstein's suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

Sampson said that private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, was permitted to observe the autopsy examination at the request of those representing Epstein, and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor.

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Trump shared a tweet and video from conservative comedian Terrence Williams that claimed without evidence that former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Trump's 2016 presidential election rival - were responsible for Epstein's death.

A source told Reuters that the financier wasn't on suicide watch at the time of his death. Epstein was being held on federal sex trafficking charges. "Disbelief. It's still a little shocking that something like that could have happened given his high-profile status in the Bureau of Prisons", she said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources". It remains unknown whether that incident was a suicide attempt or an assault by another inmate. "This is routine practice", Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said in a August 11 statement. Epstein's July 6 arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed him to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

Federal prosecutors in NY reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.

"My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death", Sampson said.

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