Monaco told the Senate Judiciary Committee, “I can inform the committee today that the recently confirmed Assistant AG for the Criminal Division is reviewing this case, including new information.” “I want the committee, and frankly I want survivors to understand how seriously we take this issue and believe it reserves a thorough and complete review.”
Monaco said Tuesday that the Justice Department is now reviewing its decision not to prosecute the agents. Monaco declined to provide further details about the new information.
“In light of that review, I think you’ll understand that I’m constrained about what else I can say about it,” she said.
Monaco also raised questions about whether the statute of limitations limits lying to the FBI or other potential criminal acts in the case and said it believed it was five years.
Asked by Senate Judiciary President Dick Durbin whether there is an urgent need for this criminal review or timetable, Monaco said, “We take our duty to protect victims extraordinarily seriously. There is a sense of urgency and seriousness that needs to be done.”
The FBI recently fired agent Michael Langman, who interviewed gymnast MacKayla Maroney, while another officer, Jay Abbott, retired in early 2018.
This story has been updated with additional details.