U.S. Sen. Tommy Tubervile (R-Auburn) announced support for efforts from U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to subpoena Jeffrey Epstein's flight logs on Wednesday.
Epstein became a matter of public discourse after his high-profile sexual abuse and criminal sex trafficking charges. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in February 2019 before his trial concluded. His death was ruled a suicide. However, many high-profile commentators and thousands of citizens believe Epstein's death was no suicide.
The criminal case against Epstein centered around a property he owned in the Virgin Islands, colloquially called "Epstein Island." Epstein often flew high-profile political figures and celebrities to the island on his infamous jet "the Lolita Express." Lolita is the name of a novel by Vladimir Nabokov in which the main character develops an obsession with a 12-year-old girl whom he sexually abuses. The jet's name is a suspicious choice considering the multiple claims of Epstein both sexually abusing and facilitating the sexual abuse of underage girls.
Due to the high-profile nature of Epstein's guests on the island, several lawmakers have pushed to have a complete list of everyone who traveled on the Lolita Express or any of Epstein's other planes.
Since November, Blackburn has pushed to subpoena Jeffrey Epstein's estate to provide the flight logs for his private planes in the judiciary committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has multiple times denied Blackburn's request, despite her continued persistence.
On Wednesday, Tuberville announced resounding support for Blackburn's efforts, claiming attempts to quash inquiry surrounding Epstein and his associates is an effort by the "deep state."
"That's typical out of the Democrats, they don't want any names to be brought up," he declared. "We need to know who all was on his plane. As you found out yesterday, John F. Kennedy Jr. even admitted that he had been on the plane a couple of times, Jeffrey Epstein's plane. We need to know everybody that was on it. It needs to be brought out. You pay for your consequences. And of course, Bill Clinton was on it two or three dozen times. That's no secret."
Tuberville additionally stated skepticism at the lack of attention paid to Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's former partner, who was convicted of sex trafficking for her role in procuring underage girls for Epstein. He also expressed skepticism of the official narrative that Epstein took his own life in prison.
"I think eventually we will see this, but we all know there's shenanigans been going on with the death of Epstein supposedly killing himself," Tuberville continued. "It's deep state, and we need to get to the truth behind all this. And I don't understand why the young lady that was convicted, that was his girlfriend has not been brought to the front to testify in those regards. So, we'll have to wait and see. But hopefully, Senator Blackburn is successful in getting that list put out to the public.
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