Welcome to live updates from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into the Larry Nassar abuse scandal. Here is some information from Reuters:
Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will testify on Wednesday about the sexual abuse they suffered from disgraced US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, as the US Senate examines why the FBI failed to investigate his crimes more early.
Biles and Raisman will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside their former Olympic teammate McKayla Maroney and former gymnast Maggie Nichols, who was the first victim to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics.
The hearing comes after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a scathing report in July that lambasted the FBI for botching its investigation into a series of errors that allowed the abuses to continue During months.
Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday, as will FBI Director Chris Wray, who is expected to face heated bipartisan questions over why the officers who botched the investigation were never prosecuted for their misconduct.
The FBI investigation into Nassar began in July 2015, after USA Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer Stephen Penny reported the allegations to the FBI Field Office in Indianapolis and provided officers with the names of three victims willing to call. be questioned.
This office, then headed by the special agent in charge, W Jay Abbott, did not officially open an investigation. The FBI interviewed only one witness months later, in September 2015, and did not formally document that interview in an official report known as “302” until February 2017 – long after the FBI arrested Nassar for possessing sexually explicit images of children. in December 2016.
When the interview was finally documented in 2017 by an anonymous surveillance special agent, the report was filled with “materially false information and important information omitted,” Horowitz’s report determined.
The office also failed to share the allegations with state or local law enforcement agencies.
“The children suffered needlessly because several agents in several FBI offices failed to share Nassar’s allegations with their law enforcement counterparts in state and local agencies,” Republican Charles Grassley said in prepared remarks. .
“What is disturbing is that the abuse took place at the hands of someone who was entrusted with their medical treatment and well-being,” he added.
Horowitz also said that Abbott, who retired from the FBI in 2018, also violated FBI conflict of interest policy by discussing possible employment with the US Olympic Committee while involved. in the Nassar Inquiry.
Neither Abbott nor the other anonymous surveillance special agent who botched the Nassar investigation has been prosecuted for their actions.
The FBI previously called Abbott’s behavior “appalling” and said the Special Supervisory Agent remains with the FBI but is no longer a supervisor and “no longer works on FBI matters.”
An Abbott lawyer previously said in a statement he was grateful to prosecutors for bringing Nassar to justice.
Nassar, who had been the chief medical officer for Olympic gymnasts, was sentenced by a federal court in 2017 to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
The following year, he was also sentenced to age 175 and up to 125, respectively, in two separate Michigan courts for assaulting female gymnasts in his care. Prosecutors estimated he sexually assaulted hundreds of women.