Blackburn Urges Durbin To Follow Through On Commitment To Obtain Epstein Records

January 3, 2024

NASHVILLE, TENN. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today sent a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urging him to swiftly follow through on his commitment to obtain and release records pertaining to Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and flight logs.

After Stonewalling Blackburn’s Initial Requests, Durbin Has Signaled His Willingness To Obtain And Release Epstein Records

“As you are aware, at last year’s subpoena authorization markup, I offered an amendment to authorize a subpoena for the complete, unredacted Epstein flight logs. After you initially stonewalled my repeated requests for this subpoena, I was pleased to learn of your recent change of heart. Specifically, in a note to Senator Ossoff during a December 14, 2023, subcommittee hearing, you conveyed your “intention and willingness” to work with me “on a bipartisan basis to obtain records relevant to the Jeffrey Epstein case.” I greatly appreciate that you have agreed to work with me to subpoena these flight logs and the “little black book,” as well as all additional records relevant to this matter.”

If Durbin Is Serious About His Commitment, The Judiciary Committee Should Subpoena Epstein’s Estate And The FBI As First Action Of 2024

“While redacted portions of Epstein’s flight logs and Maxwell’s “little black book” have been released in various lawsuits, the American people have the right to know who flew on Epstein’s plane and who potentially participated in his international sex trafficking ring. That is why the Judiciary Committee’s very first act when the Senate resumes business next week should be to authorize a subpoena to Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and the FBI to obtain the complete and unredacted Epstein flight logs and Ghislaine Maxwell’s “little black book.” I hope I can rely on your commitment to work with me to obtain these records so that we can finally bring transparency to the American people and justice to the women and children who Jeffrey Epstein and his associates trafficked and abused.”


  •  In a December 14 Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights hearing, Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) shared a note from Chairman Durbin on his commitment to obtain and release Jeffrey Epstein's flight records after multiple requests from Senator Blackburn.
  • Senator Blackburn has long advocated for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged trafficking ring in public hearings, including in 2019 and 2020.

A copy of the letter can be found here.