A few days after the hearing, the FBI fired an agent who had initially worked on the case investigating Nassar, a former national gymnastics team doctor who was eventually abused several gymnasts, including Olympians, under the guise of a physical exam. The state was convicted of the charges of giving.
And it comes two months after the Justice Department’s Inspector General released a report that sharply criticized the FBI for making significant errors in the case. Those errors allowed Nassar to continue treating patients for eight months at Michigan State University, where he practiced, and at a local gymnastics center and a high school in and around Lansing, Mich.
The Inspector General’s report said Nassar, who is serving a life sentence in prison for sexual misconduct, was able to molest more than 70 girls and women, while the FBI failed to act.
To begin the hearing, Democrat of Illinois, Sen. Richard J. Durbin scolded the FBI for “disregard of duty,” “systematic organizational failure” and “gross failures”, and said lawmakers would like to know how and why the FBI did those failures and that it did not pursue charges against its agents. who made catastrophic errors in the case.
“It blows conscience when failures come from law enforcement, yet that’s exactly what happened in the Nassar case,” Durbin said.
The two FBI agents initially assigned to the case no longer work for the agency. Michael Langman, a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Indianapolis office, was fired in the days leading up to Wednesday’s hearing, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. They did not want their names to be published as they do not have the authority to speak on the matter. The news of Langman’s firing was first published by The Washington Post.
Langman, who was not immediately available for comment, was not named in the inspector general’s report, but his actions as a special supervisory agent and several of his significant missteps were described in detail. The report said that Langman should have known that Nassar’s abuse was probably widespread, yet he did not immediately investigate the matter.