by Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media:
After news that financier and convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) sent a scathing letter to Attorney General Bill Barr insisting that “heads must roll” and asking four important questions about Epstein’s death. Epstein had been arrested on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges in July — charges that implicated unnamed co-conspirators, some of whom were named in documents released Friday night.
Epstein pled guilty to sex crimes involving minors, and the recent charges involved girls as young as 14. Many of his named co-conspirators are high-profile individuals. Three weeks before his death, Epstein was found with wounds suggesting a suicide attempt. According to breaking reports, he was not on suicide watch on Saturday.
“The Department of Justice failed, and today Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirators think they might have just gotten one last sweetheart deal,” Sasse wrote bitterly. “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,” the senator added.
Sasse addressed Barr personally. “During your nomination process, you committed to me to ensuring that justice would be done for his victims. I was pleased to see the Department open an investigation into the mishandling of the ridiculous 2008 non-prosecution agreement, and then the decision to bring subsequent charges against Epstein. Knowing this monster’s history of thwarting justice, I also called for him to be held without bail upon his July 6 arrest,” he wrote.
“It should have been abundantly clear that Epstein would go to any lengths to avoid being held accountable for his crimes, including by killing himself. Being responsible for Epstein’s custody and prosecution, the Department of Justice should not have allowed this to happen,” Sasse added. “His death not only deprives his victims of the opportunity to confront him in court and to see him held accountable for his crimes, but also makes it harder to unravel his ring and to hold accountable the many other powerful men who raped and exploited these children.”