U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after reports that Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s chief confidante, was arrested by the FBI.

“Ghislaine Maxwell was complicit in Epstein’s wicked crimes that targeted vulnerable, young girls for their disgusting trafficking ring. Epstein got a crooked, sweetheart deal years ago that protected his coconspirators, like Maxwell. Maxwell has been on the run for months because she too hoped to escape justice. We can’t let that happen again -- her victims deserve their day in court.”  

Background:

Since late 2018, Sasse has repeatedly pushed the DOJ to investigate the sweetheart deal that Epstein received. 

In February 2019, at Sasse’s insistence, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into its handling of Epstein, who was charged with running a child sex trafficking ring in locations including New York and Florida.

Since Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his prison cell, Sasse has continued to push for answers regarding his death and for continued investigations into his co-conspirators.