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Some video footage from outside Jeffrey Epstein's cell declared 'unusable,' report reveals

The latest development in the Epstein saga

Florida Department of Law Enforcement via Getty Images (left), Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images (background)

At least one surveillance camera monitoring the hallway outside Jeffrey Epstein's cell captured footage that is unusable for authorities investigating his death, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reported Monday that while some footage from the hallway inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center's special housing unit is unusable, other cameras monitoring the area captured surveillance that investigators are able to analyze.

The camera footage is considered "critical" to the investigation, according to the Post.

It's not clear why at least one camera recorded unusable footage or what the usable footage shows, sources connected to the investigation told the Post. It's also not clear if the incident is isolated or if camera problems are a systemic issue at MCC.

The FBI and Justice Department's inspector general's office are leading the investigation.

Since Epstein's death on Aug. 10 — which the New York City medical examiner determined was death by suicide — numerous issues from inside the jail have fueled conspiracy theories about Epstein's death.

The chief concern is how Epstein, the jail's most notorious inmate, managed to kill himself less than three weeks after a previous suicide attempt. It has been revealed that Epstein was taken off suicide watch just six days after his first attempt and was alone at the time of his death, a violation of jail policy.

To compound problems, the guards tasked with monitoring Epstein and other special inmates did not check on Epstein every 30 minutes, another violation of jail policy. They did not do this because they fell asleep for more than three hours, later falsifying jail records to hide their blunder.

The employees have since been placed on administrative leave, while MCC's warden was reassigned.

Attorney General William Barr has also appointed a new Federal Bureau of Prisons chief in the wake of Epstein's death.

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