FBI Agent Fired After Failing to Properly Investigate Abuse Claims Against Larry Nassar

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has fired one of its agents for failing to properly investigate the sexual assault claims against former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.

The agent, Michael Langeman, lost his job with the bureau last week, according to a report. His firing comes on the heels of a July report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which charged Langeman with failing to respond to the allegations against Nassar “with the urgency that the allegations required.”

According to the New York Daily News, “Langeman was serving as a supervisory special agent when he interviewed McKayla Maroney, an Olympic gymnast and gold medal-winner, about her allegations of abuse by Nassar back in 2015. According to the report, both he and his boss, agent in charge Jay Abbott, lied to investigators from the inspector general’s office about their actions and that they never officially opened an investigation.”

On Wednesday, Maroney appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and gave detailed testimony about the FBI’s mishandling and falsifying of the information she gave the agency in 2015.

Dylan Gwinn