The hearing comes days after the FBI fired an agent who was originally working on the case investigating Nassar, the 'former national gymnastics team doctor who was ultimately convicted of abusing numerous gymnasts, including Olympians, under the guise of physical examinations.
And this comes two months after the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report that sharply criticized the FBI for making critical mistakes in mathird. These errors allowed Nassar to continue treating patients for eight months at Michigan State University, where he practiced, and in and around Lansing, Michigan, including a local gymnastics center and high school.
Nassar, who is serving what amounts to life in prison for sexual misconduct, was able to assault more than 70 girls and women while the FBI did not act, according to the report of the inspector general.
Two FBI the agents initially assigned to the file no longer work for the agency. Michael Langeman, a special supervisory agent with the FBI office in Indianapolis, was fired in the days leading up to Wednesday's hearing, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. These people did not want their names published because they do not have the authority to speak about the matter. The Washington Post was the first to publishthe news of Langeman's sacking.
Langeman, who was not immediately available for comment, was not named in the report inspector general, but his actions as a special oversight agent and multiple critical missteps have been described in detail. The report says Langeman should have known that Nassar's abuse was likely widespread, but he did not investigate the matter urgently.
Langeman only interviewed one of the three gymnasts who gave USA Gymnastics details of Nassar's abuse and failed to properly document this interview or open an investigation. In an interview report that Langeman filed with the F.B.I. 17 months after speaking to this gymnast - Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who was not named in the report - he included statements she did not make, according to the report .
Like other agents initially involved in the case, Langeman also failed to alert local or state officials to Nassar's alleged abuses, violating the FBI policy which states that crimes against children "invariably require a broad, multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary approach ". for the matter to be transferred to the Lansing office because that is where Nassar was based in the state of Michigan. But the papers were not found in the F.B.I. database, according to the report of the Inspector General.
W. Jay Abbott, a special agent with the FBI office in Indianapolis, is also no longer with the FBI after retiring in 2018. The report says he made false statements to Department of Justice investigators and also "violated the FBI policy and displayed extremely poor judgment under federal ethics ruleses. According to the report, he was looking for a job with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and discussed it with Steve Penny, who was then president of U.S.A. Gymnastics. Abbott applied for the job with the USOPC, but did not get the job, but told Justice Department investigators he never applied.
Hundreds of girls and women who were abused by Nassar awaited news from the FBI about the mistakes of the case. Biles, the Olympic gold medalist, expressed his desire to know "who knew what and when" about Nassar. She won a silver and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games after dropping out of team competition due to a mental health issue.
Biles testifies alongside former teammates Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, who is known as" Athlete A "in the caseNassar because she was the first elite gymnast to report the abuse to USA Gymnastics. It was in July 2015. The Lansing office of F.B.I. opened his official investigation into Nassar in October 2016.
Adam Goldman contributed to the Washington reports.