(TMU) — As the world reels over the prison death of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, voices from across the political spectrum are demanding answers regarding the strange circumstances surrounding the so-called “apparent suicide” that occurred in his Manhattan jail cell.
The 66-year-old disgraced financier circulated in the highest levels of the U.S. and global elite, with friends and associates ranging from former President Bill Clinton to current President Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. Now, after the accused sex trafficker has been found dead, his alleged victims will never see their day in court.
Lawmakers ranging from left-wing Democrats to conservative Republicans are expressing their anger and disgust over the questions his death has raised.
“We need answers. Lots of them,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted.
We need answers. Lots of them.https://t.co/4DMckiZnVB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 10, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez is far from the only person demanding answers, given the theft of justice faced by Epstein’s myriad victims following his death.
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) tweeted that she was “saddened” that Epstein’s alleged victims “have once again been denied their day in court.”
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) August 10, 2019
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) denounced as “inexcusable” the fact that the notorious pedophile wasn’t kept under round-the-clock suicide watch.
Sasse, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement:
“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.”
Authorities couldn’t keep Epstein alive by putting him under 24 hour surveillance? How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 10, 2019
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) demanded a congressional investigation into the former plea deal arranged with Epstein. Frankel tweeted:
“The death of Jeffrey #Epstein does not end the need for justice for his victims or the right of the public to know why a prolific child molester got a slap on the wrist instead of a long prison sentence.”
“With the obvious end to criminal proceedings against Epstein, it is important that the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform begin its investigation,” she added.
With the obvious end to criminal proceedings against Epstein, it is important that the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform begin its investigation.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) August 10, 2019
The FBI has announced that it is opening an investigation into Epstein’s death and the circumstances of his incarceration. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has also said in a news release that it would open an investigation.
In a statement, Attorney General William Barr decried the death of Jeffrey Epstein. Barr said:
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
"Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death." – AG Barr https://t.co/MchtVuOb4G pic.twitter.com/cwp9V6e70B
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) August 10, 2019
Epstein’s death came only one day after court documents revealed that the disgraced financier was accused in 2016 of sending an underage girl to meet and have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) as part of his sex ring. The two politicians deny the allegations.
It also comes barely two weeks after he was discovered in a fetal position with marks around his neck in his cell at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Preet Bharara, the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, tweeted, “there should be — and almost certainly is — video of Epstein’s suicide at MCC. One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured.”
There should be — and almost certainly is — video of Epstein’s suicide at MCC. One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 10, 2019