A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says in a scathing letter to Attorney General William Barr that "heads must roll" following the suicide of financier Jeffrey Epstein as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges.
Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14, and details of his behavior have been emerging for years. His death comes a month after he attempted suicide in the same Correctional Center.
Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general at the Justice Department, called for an "immediate and comprehensive" investigation to "determine who is responsible".
Epstein faced similar accusations in Florida in 2007 but signed a plea deal that year with Miami prosecutors allowing him to avoid federal charges and plead guilty to lesser state prostitution charges. DOJ says FBI is investigating.
"So it seems that Epstein was in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) but not recently on suicide watch, which according to BOP's Suicide Prevention Program, requires removal from the SHU", he said.
In documents unsealed on Friday by federal prosecutors in NY, including affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Epstein and his associate, Giuffre alleged that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in three separate locations.
In late July, Epstein was found injured in his jail cell with marks on his neck.
Now, Brown said authorities may try to refocus their investigation on the people in Epstein's inner circle, including his longtime confidant Ghislaine Maxwell.
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On Friday, more than 2,000 pages of documents were released related to a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein's ex-girlfriend by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers.
"We need answers. Lots of them", she wrote.
Brad Edwards, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents several alleged victims, urged other victims to still come forward with their own allegations.
Some of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers and their lawyers are angry that the financier's suicide will prevent him from facing them in court.
Jennifer Araoz (uh-ROZ') says in a statement Saturday she and other accusers will be scarred for the rest of their lives, while he won't confront the consequences of the "trauma he caused so many people".
"We will continue to fight tirelessly on their behalf not only to seek justice, but also to ensure that all of the facts of his monstrous crimes become known to the world", he said.
Last month, Alex Acosta resigned as United States labor secretary amid a backlash over the deal that he negotiated with Epstein in that case while he was a federal prosecutor in Florida.