David Boies, another attorney for alleged Epstein victims, espoused a similar message saying that the financier’s death closes “only one chapter” of the legal battle. “Jeffrey Epstein did not act, and could not have done what he did, alone. Justice demands that those who acted with him also be held accountable,” he said. Sigrid McCawley, an attorney who also represents alleged Epstein victims, agreed with that message, noting “We are hopeful that the government will continue to investigate and will focus on those who participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme that damaged so many.”
It wasn’t just attorneys either that vowed to push through with legal efforts. Florida State Sen. Lauren Book also vowed that she would continue pushing to help Epstein’s alleged enables to justice. “While some answers died with Jeffrey Epstein, there are still questions to be asked and individuals to be held accountable,” she said. “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.”
Several members of Congress also called for investigations with Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel said that with the ending of the criminal procedures against Epstein due to his death, “it is important that the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform begin its investigation.” The Florida lawmaker who represents Palm Beach, where Epstein owned a home, said that the financier’s death “does not end the need for justice.” Other lawmakers also chimed in an called for Congress to investigate Epstein’s death. Rep. Jared Huffman said that the Department of Justice “cannot be trusted” to investigate and there should be an independent probe into Epstein’s death. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican lawmaker from Florida, called on the chairman of the Judiciary Committee to “prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody” over other issues.