Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the news at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Violence Against Women Act
The Justice Department is reviewing its decision not to charge FBI agents for their conduct during the investigation of former USA gymnastics doctor and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, following testimony from several female athletes who said their complaints to the bureau was ignored for years.
The news came from Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, who told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday during a hearing focused on the Violence Against Women Act.
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“I can inform the committee today that the recently confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division is reviewing this case, including new information,” Monaco said.
Given the need for sensitivity during the ongoing investigation, the deputy attorney general did not indicate what that new information was.
Nassar is serving a total of hundreds of years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct stemming from abuses committed against women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.
During a September hearing before the same committee, gymnasts including Olympic champions Simone BilesIn this article, MacKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman describe how the FBI failed to act after talking to officers about their experiences. The hearing came after a DOJ Inspector General’s report exposed the bureau’s inaction.
“In reviewing the OIG report,” Biles continued, “it really feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to protect [USA Gymnastics] And [the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee]. A message needs to be sent: If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and dire. enough is enough.”
Maroney recalled her experience with the FBI, talking to them on the phone for three hours because she was so ill that she could not meet them in person. He told the committee how he answered all their questions and discussed every instance of abuse he endured in detail, only for FBI agents to provide a false description of what he said.
Maroney said, “After telling the full story of my abuse to the FBI in the summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they documented my report 17 months later, they did what I said. made completely false claims about it.” stating that she was “shocked and deeply disappointed” by what she had read in the Inspector General’s report.
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Maroni specifically called on Monaco not to appear at that hearing.
“Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco could not bring herself here today and it is the Justice Department’s job to hold her accountable,” Maroney said. “I’m tired of waiting for people to do the right thing.”
Granthshala News was told that Monaco was in Washington at the time, but she was due to appear before the committee in October and was ready to answer questions about the matter at the time.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Monaco stressed that the Justice Department sees the situation as a priority.
“I want the committee, and frankly I want survivors to understand how seriously we take this issue and believe it deserves a thorough and thorough review.”