Washington Post: FBI fires agent accused of failing to properly investigate Larry Nassar
September 15, 2021 at 02:25
Washington (CNN) The FBI has fired an agent who is accused of failing to launch a proper investigation into former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The agent, Michael Langeman, lost his job last week, two people familiar with the matter told the Post.
Langeman was a supervisory special agent in the FBI's Indianapolis office and had interviewed star gymnast McKayla Maroney in 2015 about her allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar.
According to the Post, Langeman is among the unnamed FBI officials described in a scathing report this summer from the Justice Department's inspector general.
The report found the agents investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Nassar had violated the FBI's policies by making false statements and failing to properly document complaints by the accusers, resulting in a delay in the probe into the claims.
The revelation comes the night before four US gymnastics stars -- Maroney, Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman -- will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing about the FBI's handling of the investigation.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray will also testify at the hearing, which is titled: "Dereliction of Duty: Examining the Inspector General's Report on the FBI's Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation."
An attorney for representing multiple Nassar victims, John Manly, told the Post that Langeman's firing was "long overdue" but said, "I can't help but wonder if this is because of the Senate hearing, and the timing seems cynical."