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Lawmakers react to news of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide, demand more information

Lawmakers want answers on Jeffrey Epstein's death
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Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 13:06:17-04

Lawmakers are demanding more information after news of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide broke Saturday.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in an apparent suicide this morning in his jail cell in Manhattan. The FBI is investigating the incident.

Congresswoman Lois Frankel said the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to "begin it's investigation immediately."

“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," Frankel said in a statement.

Senator Rick Scott has also called for more information, asking the Federal Bureau of Prisons to "provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan" that lead to Epstein's death.

"The victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s heinous actions deserved an opportunity for justice. Today, that opportunity was denied to them," said Scott in a press release Saturday.

State Senator Lauren Book also weighed in on Saturday. Book had previously called for an investigation into the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office handling of Jeffrey Epstein's work release.

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis formally asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the matter.

Book released this statement:
"In life and in death, Jeffrey Epstein did everything he could to escape accountability and silence survivors. And he didn’t do it alone. All the money in the world can’t erase the truth. While some answers died with Jeffrey Epstein, there are still questions to be asked and individuals to be held accountable. So for those who assisted Epstein and for those who took part in his sick criminal acts, we shall pursue justice every single day until every last criminal has been caught — justice will not be denied. I stand ready to assist the Governor and FDLE in uncovering the truth here in Florida. The brave women who came forward to confront the man who preyed upon them as girls will not get their day in court - but their courage made a difference and their voices matter."

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