The Justice Department is reviewing “new information” tied to the FBI’s botched dealing with of the Larry Nassar case — after prime USA gymnasts testified that brokers had turned a blind eye to the previous crew physician’s sexual abuse of them and a whole bunch of different girls.
The DOJ is its earlier resolution to not cost FBI brokers for his or her conduct through the bungled investigation, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco instructed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
“The recently confirmed assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division is currently reviewing this matter, including new information that has come to light,” Monaco mentioned.
“I do want the committee and, frankly, I want the survivors to understand how exceptionally seriously we take this issue,” she added.
Monaco didn’t expose what the brand new info was, including that she was “constrained” on what she may say as a result of ongoing investigation.
In an emotional listening to final month, famed gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman slammed the FBI for failing to behave once they first reported being abused by Nassar.
“It truly feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us,” Biles had mentioned.
The listening to was prompted by a scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector basic which discovered the FBI made dire errors that allowed the sicko sports activities physician to proceed to abuse a minimum of 70 extra victims earlier than he was lastly arrested.
The report singled out two G-men: former Indianapolis discipline workplace Special Agent in Charge Jay Abbott, who retired in 2018, and a former supervisory particular agent, Michael Langeman, who was just lately fired.
The inspector basic referred each brokers for prosecution, however the DOJ declined to convey fees in opposition to them in September 2020.
While the DOJ’s coverage bars publicly discussing choices to not prosecute, Monaco on Tuesday instructed lawmakers she was “outraged” by the inspector basic’s findings.
“I am deeply sorry that in this case, the victims did not receive the response or the protection that they deserved,” she mentioned.
Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician, has been accused by greater than 260 girls of sexually abusing them underneath the guise of medical therapy.
He is serving sentences totaling a whole bunch of years on legal sexual conduct and youngster pornography convictions.