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Four decorated gymnasts will testify at a US Senate hearing this week regarding the FBI’s shortcomings in the Larry Nassar investigation, more than three years after the former US gymnastics doctor was convicted of sexually abusing of women and young girls in his care.
Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, along with former collegiate gymnast Maggie Nichols, will testify Wednesday morning before the first panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The second panel will include remarks from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, including the recent 119-page report detailing the “many and fundamental errors” in the FBI’s handling of the Nassar case motivated the hearing.
The committee’s goal is to determine why the FBI field office in Indianapolis responded inadequately and slowly to the first accusations of sexual misconduct against Nassar, according to the IG report, thereby allowing the abuse to continue during the time limit.
In July, following the release of the surveillance report, a bipartisan group of senators announced the surveillance hearing into the FBI’s handling of the case, strongly criticizing the agency for its failure to prevent abuse.
“The FBI’s mismanagement of reports of Nasser’s abuse has led to more athletes suffering unimaginable pain. Connecticut said at the time.
In 2018, Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for his crimes.