The FBI has fired an agent who was accused of failing to correctly examine USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar — after which allegedly mendacity when confronted about his inaction.
Michael Langeman, a supervisory particular agent within the FBI’s Indianapolis workplace who interviewed Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney in 2015, was let go two weeks in the past forward of Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the place extra of the nation’s high feminine gymnasts accused the bureau of failing them.
FBI director Christopher Wray testified in the course of the listening to that Langeman had been fired within the wake of an inner probe by the Justice Department that discovered the FBI made basic errors within the Nassar investigation.
Langeman and his former boss, particular agent in cost Jay Abbott, have been each criticized within the DOJ’s July report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz for their dealing with of the case.
They have been each accused of mendacity to inspector basic investigators when confronted about their inaction within the probe.
The FBI director advised the listening to that Abbott retired a while earlier than the report was handed down. When questioned by lawmakers, Wray confirmed Abbott’s resignation was not pressured and mentioned he was “frustrated” he hadn’t been capable of self-discipline him.
Wray testified that he was unable to reply why the Justice Department hadn’t criminally prosecuted the 2 brokers.
The listening to is a part of a congressional effort to carry the FBI accountable after the DOJ report found the FBI’s Indianapolis field office mishandled the sexual abuse allegations towards Nassar from the very starting.
The report discovered the FBI workplace didn’t reply with the “utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required.”
At least 40 women and girls mentioned they have been molested by Nassar after the FBI had been made conscious of the issue.
Langeman was the agent who interviewed Maroney again in 2015 when she first reported being sexually abused by Nassar.
Maroney and fellow gymnasts Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman all testified, typically tearfully, earlier Wednesday as they accused the FBI of turning a blind eye to Nassar’s sexual abuse.
Maroney mentioned the FBI “minimized and disregarded” her after she reported Nassar, including that the company delayed the investigation as different gymnasts have been abused.
Meanwhile, Biles — who publicly got here out in 2018 to say she was amongst these abused by Nassar — advised the listening to that she blamed the FBI, in addition to USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) for protecting up the USA Gymnastics group physician’s abuse.
“It truly feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to help protect USAG and USOPC,” Biles mentioned.
“We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at the FBI, USAG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us,” she mentioned. “I don’t want another young gymnast or Olympic athlete to experience the horror I and hundreds of others have endured.”
“How much is a little girl worth?” she requested.