In SummaryOn Nov. 22, the committee sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray to get more information on how the agency is changing its policies after its botched investigation into disgraced doctor Larry Nassar.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is putting the full court press on the FBI and the Justice Department inspector general, to take more action to address the botched handling of the FBI’s investigation of former USA women’s gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, according to CNN.
On Nov. 22, the committee of bipartisan senators sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray to get more information about how they were changing policies in the aftermath of their poor handling of the investigation of Nassar. Senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis Field Office failed to respond to the allegations with seriousness and broke multiple FBI policies in the process.
These errors were laid out in the Justice Department inspector general report that was released in May.
Additionally, they sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, requesting “additional audits of the FBI’s work involving sex crimes against children,” per CNN.
As a result of the mishandling of the probe, delays in the case allowed at least 70 gymnasts to be abused, after the FBI was made aware of the allegations against the ex-doctor.
Even though DOJ leaders said that the department is looking into those decisions with new information, lawmakers have been upset that the department decided not to prosecute two former FBI officials who allegedly lied in the botched investigation.
“We must continue thorough oversight to ensure that federal law enforcement achieves its mission to protect young people from abuse,” the senators said in their letter to Horowitz.
Currently, Nassar is serving a 40- to 175-year sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in a case brought forth by Michigan prosecutors.