He blamed the Metropolitan Correctional Center for failing to " adequately secure this prisoner".
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and the FBI and Justice Department are conducting an investigation into his death, which has been classified as an apparent suicide. "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".
"This crooked deal can not stand", and should be voided to "ensure that some measure of justice is finally delivered to Epstein's victims who have been let down time and time again by their government", Sasse said. "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it".
Worse, he's looking to mine political capital by exploiting the unending pain that Epstein - a serial predator awaiting trial in NY on sex-trafficking charges - caused scores of girls and young women.
Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found a little over two weeks ago with bruising on his neck, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.
An exterior view of the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found unconscious with injuries in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, July 25, 2019.
It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates who are deemed to be at risk of taking their own lives.
The Bureau of Prisons did not respond to repeated requests for details about Epstein's death.
Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who also represents alleged victims, called on the administrators of Epstein's estate to freeze all of his assets for those who are filing lawsuits.
The lawsuit, filed by one of Epstein's alleged victims Virginia Roberts Giuffre, sheds light on allegations of Maxwell's involvement in the alleged sex-abuse scandal-including the accusation that she oversaw and trained recruiters, and helped hide the activity from police. Ben Sasse (R-NE) is urging the Department of Justice to rip up the plea deal agreed to between Epstein and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.
"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation".
Revelations that Epstein was left unsupervised and without a cellmate after an apparent suicide attempt in July has also raised questions.
The New York Times, citing prison and law-enforcement officials, reported that one of the two people guarding Epstein was not a full-fledged correctional officer and neither guard had checked on him for several hours before he was discovered. However, New York City's chief medical examiner has not yet listed an official cause of death after an autopsy was performed, according to the Washington Times.
The New York Post reports that a law enforcement source revealed how it was that Epstein was able to kill himself while in custody.
"If someone really wants to commit suicide", Linaweaver said, "they're going to do it".