WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney told lawmakers on Wednesday Americans that she felt betrayed by FBI agents, after failing to seriously investigate former American gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, although she told them he sexually assaulted her .
Maroney is one of four athletes, along with Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, who testified on the Senate Judiciary Committee as they testified. 'he's investigating the FBI ' s mismanagement of the investigation.
Maroney recalled how, in 2015, she spent three hours on the phone at tell the FBI details of her story that her own mother hadn't even heard, including accounts of sexual abuse she suffered during the London Olympics.
It 's only in July of thisnnee, however, she said that the Inspector General of the Department of Justice revealed in a scathing report what the FBI actually did with the information they provided: not documenting it for a year and a half and distorting what 'she told them about her experiences.
"Not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they finally documented my report 17 months later, they made entirely false statements about what I said "said Maroney, with anger in his voice.
Wednesday's hearing comes after Department of Justice inspector General Michael Horowitz in July published a scathing report which blasted the FBI for botching its investigation in a series of errors that allowed the abuse to continue for months.
Horowitz will also testify on Wednesday, as will FBI Director Chris Wray, who is expected to face heated bipartisan questions about why the officers who botched the investigation were never prosecuted for their misconduct.
"This n It's not just that the FBI hasn't done its job, consistently and repeatedly. It is also cover-up - the cover-up that occurred when FBI agents made false statements and deceptive omissions, "said Senator Richard Blumenthal, adding that the Justice Department refused to prosecute the agents.
"I hope that the Department of Justice, which has been invitedtoday and refused to appear, will live up to your courage in explaining why these lies by the FBI agents did not lead to criminal prosecution, "he said.
The FBI investigation into Nassar began in July 2015, after USA Gymnastics President and CEO Stephen Penny reported the allegations to the office outside the FBI in Indianapolis.
This office, then headed by Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott, did not officially open any The FBI interviewed only one witness months later, in September 2015, and did not formally document that interview in an official report known as "302 " until February 2017 - long after the FBI arrested Nassar for possessing sexually explicit images of children in December 2016.
When the interview was finally documentedin 2017 by an anonymous surveillance special agent, the report was filled with "materially false information and omitted important information, the Horowitz report determined.
The office also failed to share the allegations with state or local law enforcement agencies.
Horowitz also said Abbott, who retired from the FBI in 2018, also violated the FBI's conflict of interest policy by discussing possible employment with the US Olympic Committee while he was involved in the Nassar investigation.
Neither Abbott nor the other anonymous surveillance special agent who botched the Nassar investigation has been prosecuted for their actions.
Olympian Biles lambasted USA Gymnastics and the FBI in brutal and tearful testimony Wednesday for remaining inactive while Nassar lays downtreated him and hundreds of other athletes.
"We have failed and we deserve answers," Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee . "It 's really like the FBI has turned a blind eye to us, " she said.
Raisman, meanwhile, expressed frustration that he had not done more to investigate USA Gymnastics or the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee for covering up Nassar's abuse for years.
"Why did neither of these organizations warn anyone? The USAG and USOPC have a long history of allowing abuse by turning a blind eye. Both organizations were aware of Nassar's abuses. , long before they were made public, "she said.
" We have been calling for a fully factual investigation for years. independent, because these women who sit in front of you knowNow firsthand these organizations and their public statements are not trustworthy. "
Nassar was convicted in three separate cases, the 'one of prison terms of up to 175 years. Prosecutors estimated that he sexually assaulted hundreds of women and girls. Report by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Scott Malone and Lisa Shumaker
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