U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding today’s federal court holding that the Department of Justice violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. Earlier this month, at Sasse’s insistence, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into its handling of Epstein, who ran an international child sex trafficking ring.  

“Jeffrey Epstein is a monster and his victims deserve justice,” said Senator Sasse. “I'm relieved that the court agrees that it was wrong to hide this child rapist’s pathetically soft deal from his victims, in violation of federal law. The fact that it’s taken this long to get this far is heartbreaking and infuriating. The Department of Justice should use this opportunity to reopen its non-prosecution agreement so that Epstein and anyone else who abused these children are held accountable.”

Background: On page 26 of the opinion, the court notes that it has previously held that “the [Crime Victims’ Rights Act] authorizes the rescission or ‘reopening’ of a prosecutorial agreement, including a non-prosecution agreement, reached in violation of a prosecutor’s conferral obligations under the statute,” citing previous case law.