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Nassar victims' attorney comments on U.S. Senate Olympics investigation

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 20:16:32-04

LANSING, Mich. — Nassar victims' attorney John Manly released a statement following the senate's investigation into the U.S. Olympics.

“This report presents a damning indictment of USOC, USAG and the failures of the FBI. For 421 days USOC, USAG and the FBI knew that Nassar had molested Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols and failed to stop the cover-up of the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of sports. It took the courageous testimony of these magnificent young athletes and others to end the cover-up. The Justice Department needs to follow up this report with its own investigation and prosecute any violations of the law," Manly said. "Now, it is up to Congress to fully implement the recommendations in this report and hold the leaders of the United States Olympic and Paralympic committee accountable for failing to protect a generation of our finest young athletes from horrible abuse.”

This statement comes after congress announced it is making a move to create significant change in the oversight of the U.S. Olympic leadership.

Some members of congress also want to make sure the financial resources are there, if there's ever another such case.

The bill, introduced by congress Tuesday, would allow congress to fire the entire U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Board and would quadruple the money the federation provides to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

On the Today Show on Tuesday morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut explained why the legislation is needed.

"There are also profiles in cowardice and concealment because people looked the other way and they put medals and money above morals," Blumenthal said.

The congressional investigation into the scandal highlighted failures of the USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and MSU.

It also criticized the FBI.

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