Congresswoman wants Nassar probe extended to FBI, NCAA, Education Dept.
WASHINGTON – A Democratic congresswoman on Wednesday asked the chairman of a committee investigating the case surrounding disgraced sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar to expand the probe to include the actions of the FBI, the U.S. Department of Education and the NCAA.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., made the request in a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who last week sent requests for documents from the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and others regarding Nassar in advance of a formal investigation.
Nassar, who worked at MSU and served as a longtime sports medicine practitioner to Olympic athletes and gymnasts, has been convicted and sentenced to decades in prison after being charged with molesting patients. Some of Nassar’s victims have said that complaints regarding Nassar’s behavior were not adequately addressed by the institutions.
In the letter to Gowdy, Maloney, a senior Democratic member of the Oversight Committee, said an expanded investigation is needed “to understand the systemic failures that led to persistent abuse by Nassar and ensure that similar situations never happen again.”
She said it should be expanded to include the other institutions and agencies since questions have been raised as to whether they adequately responded to earlier complaints as well.
“It has been reported that the FBI was first contacted by Nassar’s victims as early as 2015, yet it would be another year before Nassar’s abuses were brought to light by the Indianapolis Star and the public became aware of his crimes,” she wrote. “During that time it has also been reported that dozens of young women were molested.”
She added that the Department of Education may have been aware of “issues with Michigan State’s handling of sexual assault allegations” as long ago as 2010 regarding two Spartan basketball players as well as other alleged incidents and later entered an agreement with the university mandating federal oversight. She also said it is “important for us to understand any NCAA involvement in the investigation.”
Gowdy and the committee did not immediately respond to the request.