FBI Director Christopher Wray apologized to US gymnasts who were molested by former team doctor Larry Nassar.
"I am deeply and profoundly sorry to each and every one of you," said Wray during Wednesday testimony into the agency's mishandling of the investigation, also known as a coverup.
"I am sorry that so many people let you down over and over again and I am especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed, and that is inexcusable, it never should have happened, and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again," he added.
A July report by the FBI's watchdog revealed that the FBI 'gravely mishandled' multiple sexual assault allegations against Nassar, who was the subject of 70 women who accused him of abuse during just the time since the FBI knew of the abuse, yet failed to act.
Despite multiple allegations against Nassar that were reported numerous times to FBI field offices from 2015-2017, a formal FBI investigation wasn’t opened until the Michigan State University Police Department found Nassar’s stash of child pornography after receiving a complaint of sexual abuse from an MSU athlete. Subsequently, the Indianapolis Field Office lied about its handling of the original reports. At least two field offices failed to notify state and local authorities of Nassar’s alleged wrongdoings.
During this time, Nassar kept his positions at MSU, children’s gymnastics club Twistars, and a high school athletic building for months before authorities caught on. -The Federalist
Several Nassar victims - McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols - testified during the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I am tired of waiting for people to do the right thing," said Maroney.
The FBI is corrupt and rotten to the core— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 15, 2021
McKayla Maroney exposes how the FBI criminally covered up for Larry Nassar, allowed him to keep molesting young girls, and lied about her allegations
"I am tired of waiting for people to do the right thing." pic.twitter.com/PLjEU6dwPx
"To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," said Simone Biles in her opening statement.
"To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," Simone Biles gives her opening statement at a Senate hearing on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation. pic.twitter.com/yPJX0ejnLg— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 15, 2021
"We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at @FBI or U.S. AG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us. We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable," added Biles.
.@Simone_Biles: "We suffered and continue to suffer because no one at @FBI or U.S. AG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us. We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable." pic.twitter.com/fnfWU8RhCw— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2021
"The survivors of Larry Nassar have a right to know why their well-being was placed in jeopardy by these individuals who chose not to do their jobs," said gymnast Maggie Nichols.
Gymnast Maggie Nichols blasts FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation in opening statement: "The survivors of Larry Nassar have a right to know why their well-being was placed in jeopardy by these individuals who chose not to do their jobs." https://t.co/VDlVUemWkr pic.twitter.com/meX5FVi5Nt— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 15, 2021
Is anyone shocked?
The FBI covered up pedophile crimes. pic.twitter.com/UlxvtdOEC6— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 15, 2021
If believing the FBI should have thrown more agents at the Nassar pedophile investigation than they did at NASCAR garage door pull makes me a "far right wing conspiracy theorist," then so be it.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 15, 2021