U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement.

“Today cannot be the end of attention to the horrific crimes or the pathetically short sentence of Jeffrey Epstein. This story can’t just drift away because this has never been about politics but is instead about justice. The young women who were victimized by Epstein’s trafficking network deserve confidence that this will never happen again. This isn’t over until Jeffery Epstein is behind bars and the Department of Justice never again agrees to any settlement this indifferent to child rape.”

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.