它的. 理查德·布卢门撒尔, a Democrat from Connecticut, told CNN that Polite indicated during the briefing there is a “form of negotiations ongoing” with respect to a settlement.
“I think he came to us in good faith, but he is late to this issue,” Blumenthal said of Polite on Thursday, adding that the Justice Department should make public everything it has told lawmakers and that the lawsuit against the FBI was filed “with good reason and justification.”
“The survivors rightly felt that the FBI totally bungled this investigation, 哪一个, 顺便说说, the Department of Justice acknowledged,” 布卢门撒尔 说.
CNN is reaching out to the survivors and their lawyers.
Nassar, 57, is serving a 40-to-174-year prison sentence in Michigan.
Thirteen survivors filed claims against the FBI totaling $ 130 4月百万, claiming that the FBI field offices in Indianapolis and Los Angeles failed to act properly on sexual abuse allegations against Nassar.
The lawsuit is largely based off of an Inspector General’s report from last year, which said that agents violated the FBI’s policies by making false statements and failing to properly document survivors’ 投诉.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the botched investigation last year, when several Olympic gymnasts recounted suffering abuse at the hands of Nassar and the trauma of watching the justice system fail to act on their horrific allegations.
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman recalled during the hearing how an FBI agent had “made me feel like my abuse didn’t count and it wasn’t a big deal.” McKayla Maroney, also a gold medalist, said that the FBI “allowed a child molester to go free for more than a year and this inaction directly allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue.”
FBI Director Chris Wray, who was not the director of the FBI when the Nassar investigation occurred, told the Senate judiciary lawmakers that he was “heartsick and furious” once he learned the extent of the agency’s failures, and that the actions of the agents involved were “不可接受的。”