Sep 4, 2018

Justice Department investigating FBI handling of Larry Nassar scandal

Larry Nassar. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Larry Nassar. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Justice Department's Inspector General’s office has opened an investigation into whether FBI agents failed to act on sexual abuse allegations made by gymnasts on the U.S. national team against former team doctor Larry Nassar, people familiar with the probe told the WSJ.

Why it matters: The FBI's failure to act when complaints arose in 2015 may have exposed more girls to sexual abuse at Nassar's hands. The agency had launched an internal review into its own response earlier this year before starting a formal probe.

The details: The Justice Department has reportedly interviewed several people, including athletes and gymnastics officials, and the investigation's conclusions could potentially lead to disciplinary action and criminal charges. The FBI previously said it was "reviewing our role in the investigation" declined to provide further details, the WSJ notes.

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