Senator Patrick Leahy pressed Justice Minister Merrick B. Garland on Wednesday. Ministry of Justice‘s decision not to prosecute the two exesFBI Agents accused of lying in sexual abuse investigation of ex-Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
Vermont Democrat criticized the decision, saying he “he saw many people being prosecuted for lying” FBI agents.”
“Here are two FBI lying agents FBI agents. One was dismissed, the other resigned. No prosecution,” said Mr. Leahy.
He asked if Mr. Garland had considered the matter. departmentdecision, and if so, what progress has been made.
“We are reviewing this matter, new evidence has emerged and this is causing a review of the issues you are discussing,” said the Attorney General.
Mr. Garland received criticism from both sides of the aisle. DOJan obvious lack of action on FBINassar’s mishandling of the sexual abuse investigation.
A DOJ Inspector general report for July, FBI failed to properly investigate allegations of counter-sexual misconduct. Callus for over a year, and during that time at least 70 gymnasts have been harassed by the former Olympic doctor.
During a Senate Judiciary hearing last month, 25-year-old Olympian McKayla Maroney said she testified about the abuse of a case. FBI The agent said it was in the summer of 2015 and his report was not documented until 17 months later.
“By not taking immediate action from my report, they allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year, and this inaction allowed the direct continuation of Nassar’s abuse,” Ms Maroney said.
After reading the Chief Inspector’s report, he said, FBI falsified his statement about the abuse.
“What’s the point of reporting abuse if it’s our own? FBI Will the agents take it into their own hands to bury that report in a drawer?” Miss Maroney asked.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said during the hearing that the agent’s false testimony “could really jeopardize the criminal investigation by providing false information that could support Nassar’s defence.”
Miss Maroney, DOJkeep the job FBI agents are responsible for lying.
“I’m tired of waiting for people to do the right thing because my abuse has been enough and we deserve justice,” he said.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said the agent who falsified Ms. Maroney’s statement had been fired in the past two weeks. W. Jay Abbott, special agent in charge of the case FBI‘ Indianapolis field office failed during investigation, resigned in 2018.
More than 150 women and girls testified in court Callus sexually abused them. Callus He was sentenced to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven sex crimes and federal child pornography charges in 2018.