Sen. Ben Sasse says the death of Jeffrey Epstein has denied justice to Epstein's accusers. Sasse is demanding an investigation by the Justice Department and says, "heads must roll."
The Nebraska Senator released the following comment Saturday morning:
“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.”
The Senator later released a letter written to Attorney General William Barr demanding that the Justice Department investigate Epstein's apparent suicide and fire those who let it happen.
“The Department of Justice failed, and today Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators think they might have just gotten one last sweetheart deal,” wrote Sasse. “Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him. Given Epstein’s previous attempted suicide, he should have been locked in a padded room under unbroken, 24/7, constant surveillance. Obviously, heads must roll.”
Click here to read the senator's letter to Barr.
Meanwhile, a Florida lawmaker and lawyers for some of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers say they will continue to seek justice despite the financier's death by suicide.
State Sen. Lauren Book has pushed for an investigation into the lenient treatment Epstein received while serving a sentence on prostitution solicitation charges in Florida.
She said Saturday that she would push to bring to justice those who helped Epstein even though his accusers will not get their day in court.
Sigrid McCawley is a lawyer for an Epstein accuser. She said "the reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end" with Epstein's death.
Another attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said it's clear Epstein "saw that he was going to be held accountable." He said the accusers will continue to seek justice "against those that stood by."