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 regarding Epstein’s suicide.

“As a private matter, our house is praying for both Epstein’s family and the many women who were denied justice in this life. But as a matter of public policy, the government has failed these girls yet again. It is inexcusable that this rapist was not under constant suicide watch. These victims deserved to face their serial abuser in court.”

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 was charged with running a child sex trafficking ring in New York and Florida, among other locations.