July 8, 2019
"Epstein should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law — power and wealth be damned."
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding new federal sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges against child rapist Jeffrey Epstein. Sasse has repeatedly pressed the Department of Justice to make sure that Epstein pays for his horrendous crimes.
“Epstein should spend the rest of his life in prison. This child rapist has wealth, power, and connections on his side -- but the children he abused have the law on theirs. Epstein should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law -- power and wealth be damned. This man is a monster and his victims deserve justice. I'm grateful that Attorney General Barr has made good on his promise to me to make this a priority for the Department of Justice.”
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.