US gymnasts testify before Congress about FBI’s Nassar investigation

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony at 10 a.m. ET from four US gymnastics during a hearing about the FBI’s handling of the sex abuse investigation of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Here’s who is testifying in the hearing’s first panel:

  • Simone Biles
  • McKayla Maroney
  • Maggie Nichols
  • Aly Raisman

Here’s who is testifying in the hearing’s second panel:

  • Inspector General Michael Horowitz
  • FBI Directory Chris Wray will appear before the committee.

Testimony from the elite gymnasts follows a scathing report this summer from the Justice Department’s inspector general that found FBI officials investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar had violated the agency’s policies by making false statements and failing to properly document complaints by the accusers, resulting in a delay in the probe into the claims.

All four gymnasts have said publicly that they were abused by Nassar.

The Office of the Inspector General found that senior officials in the FBI Indianapolis Field Office had failed to respond to the Nassar allegations with the utmost seriousness and urgency that they deserved and required, made numerous and fundamental errors when they did respond, and violated multiple FBI policies when undertaking their investigative activity.

The probe was opened in 2018 to see whether the FBI and its field offices had dragged their feet to respond to allegations of sexual assault made by gymnasts and the USA Gymnastics organization in 2015 and 2016.

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