U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee who called for Jeffrey Epstein to be held without bail, released the following statement after a federal judge ruled that child rapist Jeffrey Epstein must remain behind bars as he awaits trial.

"This wasn’t a close call: this molester stole the innocence of many little girls and being a billionaire isn’t a get out of jail card." 

Background: 

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

On January 15, 2019, during his confirmation hearing, William Barr, the President’s nominee for Attorney General, publicly committed to making sure that the DOJ responded to Senator Sasse’s questions into the Epstein case and that they would prioritize the prosecution of sex-trafficking.

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