U.S. Justice Department renews inquiry into FBI’s failures in Larry Nassar probe

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WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has launched a contemporary inquiry into the FBI’s botched dealing with of its intercourse abuse investigation into disgraced former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, after beforehand declining to prosecute the brokers concerned, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco mentioned 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 advised the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, including that she is “constrained” on what extra she will be able to say.

“I do want the committee and frankly, I want the survivors to understand how exceptionally seriously we take this issue,” she added.

In an emotional listening to final month, well-known gymnasts together with Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney appeared earlier than the identical Senate panel, the place they blasted the FBI for failing to correctly examine abuse they suffered underneath Nassar’s care.

The listening to was prompted by a scathing investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector common, which uncovered widespread and dire errors which allowed Nassar to proceed to abuse at the least 70 extra victims earlier than he was lastly arrested.

Two former FBI brokers have been singled out within the report – the previous Indianapolis area workplace Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott and a former supervisory particular agent who has since been recognized as Michael Langeman.

The inspector common referred each former brokers for prosecution, however the Justice Department declined to convey prices in opposition to them in September 2020.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Andrea Ricci

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook