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 GillibrandDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter The Hill's Morning Report - Officials crack down as COVID-19 cases soar 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 Sessions Senate outlook slides for GOP Supreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report 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.