Larry Nassar Senate hearing: Live updates on the USA gymnastics investigation

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Several US senators have called for FBI agents who investigated sexual assault allegations against former United States gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to stand trial during a congressional hearing this morning.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin said, “I understand not to comment on decisions, not prosecute, but strong oversight of the Justice Department is the main responsibility of this committee.” said in his inaugural address. “The FBI handling a Nassar case is a blot on the bureau.”

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Four members of the Olympic USA gymnastics team testify before the committee. The hearing comes after a scathing report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office this summer that uncovered several wrongdoings by the FBI in the case.

Nassar is currently serving a prison sentence of 40 to 174 years after it was revealed to 150 women and girls that he abused them over the course of 20 years.

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Durbin said, “Today we believe that Nasser abused more than 300 athletes before they were brought to justice. As details of Nasser’s crimes came to light, there was an outpouring of neglect and inaction by those responsible for the athletes’ safety. has been a constant theme.”

Decorated gymnasts Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman, as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz, are due to testify.

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The Inspector General’s report found that FBI Special Agent in Charge W. J. Abbott and Supervisory Special Agent Michael Langman conducted a “limited follow-up” investigation in 2015 and neglected to interview two of the three accused.

Chuck Grassley said, “I hope you knew about Nasser’s allegations, how and when he found out about these allegations, and what he did in response. did.” His opening remarks. “If there’s one thing that the Inspector General’s report shows, it says we need to make sure the bureau is more effective and more accountable.”

Following the Inspector General’s report, the Justice Department declined to prosecute Abbott and Langman. Abbott retired and Langman was fired in recent weeks.

In his opening remarks, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, “It’s not that the FBI has systematically and repeatedly failed to do its job, it’s also the cover-up of subsequent cover-ups.”

“When FBI agents referred material, false statements, and misleading omissions to the Inspector General for Criminal Prosecution, those referrals were denied, without any public explanation, without further explanation,” Blumenthal said. “My hope is that the Justice Department, who was invited today and has declined to appear, will explain why those lies were not criminally prosecuted by FBI agents, and accountability and a few days before this hearing.” Too.”

Durbin said he was “disappointed” that the Justice Department declined to attend Wednesday’s hearing, but promised an inspection hearing with him in the fall.

Grassley said he is “working on legislation to close legislative loopholes in the sex tourism law that the Inspector General flagged in his report. This gap in the law has led Larry Nassar to attack children while traveling abroad.” allowed to evade federal prosecution, and that could never happen again.”

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