No criminal charges for FBI agents who botched Nassar’s allegations

No criminal charges will be brought against the two former FBI agents who allegedly mishandled sexual abuse allegations against convicted former US gym doctor Larry Nassar.

The Justice Department said Thursday that after a “careful review of the evidence,” the two FBI agents will not be charged with federal crimes.

“It in no way reflects the view that the investigation of Nassar was conducted as it should have been, nor does it in any way reflect approval of or contempt for the conduct of former agents,” said the Department.

Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco opened an investigation against the two agents in September last year after several former Olympic athletes gave harrowing testimony before Congress about how the FBI failed to investigate Larry further. Nassar after being informed of his sexual abuse. Per daily beast:

First officer Michael Langeman was accused of delaying action on reports of Nassar’s behavior, including writing a report on the interview of a key victim more than a year after the incident. He then lied to investigators “in an effort to minimize or excuse his mistakes,” the review found. The other agent, Jay Abbott, was also accused of being slow to act and pursuing work with USA Gymnastics while investigating Nassar.

John Manly, a lawyer representing many of Nassar’s alleged victims, slammed the decision not to charge the officers with a crime as ‘incomprehensible’, saying the officers ‘breached their oath of office and participated in the cover-up of the worst sexual assault scandal”. in the history of sport. Manly added that the DoJ deliberately made the announcement at the start of the holiday weekend and during a national tragedy to better bury the story.

Likewise, the senses. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) called the decision “maddening.”

“The FBI agents who knew about Larry Nassar’s abuse, did nothing, then lied about it will face no legal consequences for their actions. Dozens of athletes would have been spared unimaginable abuse if these officers had simply done their job. Their actions demand accountability,” the senators said in a joint statement.

According to Washington Postthe FBI fired Agent Langeman last summer while Agent Abbott retired years ago.


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