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 GillibrandGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Gambling website offers bets ahead of Democrats' first debate New York doctor says marijuana should 'absolutely' be taken off controlled substance list 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 SessionsRoy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' 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.