‘We Need Answers. Lots Of Them’: Congressional Leaders Are Not Buying Epstein’s ‘Suicide’ And Are Demanding An Investigation
Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is dead. The official story is suicide, but there are a whole lot of people who aren’t buying that story, to put it mildly. Whatever is going on, the implications here run far and wide, and are as disturbing as ever.
The questions raised by this development are nearly endless. How does an inmate, who was already in protective custody and reportedly on suicide watch, manage to kill himself? Did a someone turn a blind eye, knowing he was going to kill himself? Did someone turn a blind eye, knowing that another inmate in protective custody was going to kill him? More importantly, how high did this go? Did a guard simply decide to let Epstein die on moral grounds, or did the guard have instructions from higher up?
This all matters, because the Epstein investigation was already starting to drag a number of powerful public figures into the scandal, including President Donald Trump. Just yesterday, a newly released transcript showed that one of Epstein’s victims had previously accused a former Governor and a former Senator of also having raped her. Where was this investigation headed next? Who else was about to get outed?
Now, political leaders are demanding a full accounting of how Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail early Saturday.
“We need answers. Lots of them,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter, expressing concern in a separate retweet about the impact of Epstein’s death on the pending criminal case against him and on his alleged victims.
“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,” said Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, whose Florida district is home to the oceanfront Palm Beach mansion where Epstein is said to have sexually abused dozens of underage girls.
Frankel encouraged the House Oversight Committee to begin an investigation “immediately.”
“This whole country is based on the notion that we’re all created equal and that we should all be treated equally under the law, and that clearly isn’t happening,” former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a Fox News segment about Epstein’s death.
“You don’t have to look far to find places where those who are successful and wealthy and powerful, they get a better deal when they get in trouble,” Hickenlooper added.
Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty last month to new charges of sex trafficking and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted. In late July, he was found unresponsive in his jail in what appeared to be a suicide attempt.
“It is inexcusable that this rapist was not under constant suicide watch,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), adding that the government has “failed” Epstein’s victims, who “deserved to face their serial abuser in court.” It is unclear whether Epstein was placed on suicide watch in July, though the correctional facility where Epstein was located said in a statement Saturday that he had been staying in a “Special Housing Unit” at the time of his death.
“The FBI is investigating the incident,” the statement read, according to Politico.
CNN commentator Ana Navarro described Epstein’s death as “convenient… for the many rich and powerful,” while MSNBC host Joe Scarborough suggested that “powerful Democratic and Republican figures [are] breathing a huge sigh of relief.”
Epstein’s death occurred hours after a federal appeals court on Friday unsealed nearly 2,000 pages of records related to the wealthy Manhattan businessman and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who became involved with Epstein romantically and allegedly helped recruit and groom young women for him. The files were part of a defamation suit against Maxwell that Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre filed in 2015.