FBI Director Wray Apologizes for Botched Larry Nassar Probe After Horrific Testimony from US Gymnasts: It Was ‘Inexcusable’
FBI Director Chris Wray opened his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by apologizing to the women abused by Larry Nassar because of the bureau’s failures in investigating the former USA Gymnastics doctor.
The Wednesday hearing was a horrific affair as Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Maggie Nichols and their fellow athletes shared their stories about what they experienced at Nassar’s hands. They also strongly condemned the FBI for not taking action against Nassar sooner after numerous “fundamental errors” were identified from their probe into his sexually abusive actions.
When Wray was given the chance to speak, he began by thanking Nassar’s victims for their testimony and saying “I am deeply and profoundly sorry to each and every one of you.”
“I am sorry for what you and families have been through,” he said. “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 into 2015 and failed. That is inexcusable, and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again.”
The hearing comes shortly after news broke that the FBI fired agent Michael Langeman, who was criticized by the Justice Department along with his former boss, Jay Abbott, for their mishandling of the Nassar case. Wray touched on this as he recalled what he learned back when he first became FBI director, and “I remember being appalled even then that so many people failed to do their jobs.”
“When I learned there were people at the FBI who had also failed these women, I was heartsick and furious,” Wray said. “The actions and inactions of the FBI employees detailed in [the DOJ inspector general’s] report are totally unacceptable. These individuals betrayed the core duty that they have of protecting people. They failed to protect young women and girls from abuse.”
Watch above, via CSPAN.
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