Gillibrand calls for DOJ to investigate US Olympic Committee over abuse scandal

Gillibrand calls for DOJ to investigate US Olympic Committee over abuse scandal
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called upon the Justice Department to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee over a sex abuse scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe problem for Trump appointees Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Trump learns to love acting officials MORE, Gillibrand asked the Justice Department to determine whether the committee had “a legal duty,” in addition to a moral duty, to take action when alerted to a potential criminal act.

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“These young women and children were failed time and again,” Gillibrand wrote. “I call upon the Department of Justice to investigate the depth of those failures and whether they violated the law.”

Gillibrand’s letter comes after over 150 women and girls accused Nassar of sexually abusing them. The former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor was sentenced last month to as many as 175 years in jail.

Gillibrand said in the letter to Sessions that the recent resignations of members of the USA Gymnastics board and Nassar’s penalty “are not enough.” The New York senator argued “a culture of silencing victims” enabled Nassar’s crimes.

“I request that the Department of Justice examine the extent to which other parties have failed in their duty and should be held responsible for their contribution to Dr. Nassar’s crimes,” Gillibrand said in the letter.