WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Former U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, national champion Jessica Howard, Olympian Aly Raisman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), gymnast Kaylee Lorincz and NCAA and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols hold a news conference in the Russell Senate Office Building following the gymnasts’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 15, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UPDATED 11:24 AM PT – Saturday, September 18, 2021
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) has called for a federal investigation into the botched Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into disgraced former USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar. In a statement on Friday, Grassley implored Attorney General Merrick Garland to assign a federal prosecutor or a special council on the case.
He said the public needs to know what the FBI knew and when they knew it while Nassar sexually abused hundreds of female gymnasts. “These brave gymnasts and all Nassar survivors deserve accountability, especially from the Justice Department,” said Grassley as he called upon Garland.
“Attorney General Garland should assign a federal prosecutor or special counsel to uncover what the FBI knew and when, as well as to seek prosecutions of those involved in the cover-up.”
His comments come two days after a Senate judiciary panel heard testimony from multiple U.S. Gymnastics stars over the FBI’s handling of its probe into Nassar’s misconduct. During the hearing, Aly Raisman called for a “complete and full independent investigation” of the FBI’s interactions with USA Gymnastics.
Meanwhile, Nassar is currently serving 100 years in prison relating to sexual abuse.