Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena unredacted Jeffrey Epstein flight logs as the panel’s “first act” if Democrats refuse to pursue an investigation into his death.
Blackburn sent a letter to the committee’s chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, calling on him to demand the logs and other evidence from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice’s investigation into Epstein.
“We owe it to the victims of this monstrous predator to get to the bottom of how Epstein could have taken his own life while in federal custody,” Blackburn wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Politico.
The flight logs, which show a detailed history of Epstein’s travels on his private jet, would provide a fuller picture of his activities and associates. Blackburn’s call for the subpoena follows a series of failed attempts by Republicans on the committee to launch an inquiry into Epstein’s death.
Durbin has so far been unwilling to comply, arguing there is no evidence of wrongdoing. Blackburn’s request puts him in a difficult position as he will be pressured to either comply with her request or face criticism from Republicans. Blackburn argued in the letter that the unredacted documents “are essential to getting the answers that the victims and families — and the American people — deserve.”