The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing testimony about the FBI’s mismanagement of allegations of sexual abuse against former US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Here are the highlights:
Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET
In his opening statement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Called the FBI’s handling of the case a “stain on the desk.”
“In the 15-month period that FBI officials shirked responsibility, Nassar abused at least 70 young athletes. For many of them it was a continuation, but for others they were mistreated for the first time while the FBI was sitting on the case, ”said Durbin. noted.
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Four prominent gymnasts will testify Wednesday at a Senate hearing into the FBI’s mismanagement of sexual abuse allegations against former US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
The gymnasts scheduled to appear are Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman. These are four of the hundreds of women and girls who said Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them while claiming he treated them. Nassar is serving an effective life sentence.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will also hear from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who, in a recent report, revealed that the office had failed to adequately investigate the charges of abuse against Nassar.
The July report from the Office of Inspectors General found that senior officials at the FBI field office in Indianapolis had not responded to allegations of athlete sexual abuse by Nassar “with the urgency that the allegations demanded.” The IG said the Indianapolis field office also “made fundamental errors in responding to the allegations”, failing to notify the appropriate FBI field office in Lansing, Michigan, where Nassar was employed. by Michigan State University, or state or local authorities. allegations, and “has not taken further action to mitigate the continuing threat posed by Nassar.”
The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Said that “the failure of the FBI in this matter has led to the victimization of a greater number of athletes” and that the committee, with oversight responsibilities of the FBI, conducts the hearing “to examine this injustice and prevent future similar tragedies.”
In his prepared opening statement, the committee’s top Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the children “were suffering needlessly because several agents in several FBI offices neglected to share Nassar’s allegations with their counterparts in charge of law enforcement in state and local agencies. “
The Washington post reported Tuesday that the FBI fired Michael Langeman, an Indianapolis field office agent who interviewed Maroney in 2015.