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Archive for October 6th, 2021

DOJ Reviewing Decision to Not Prosecute FBI Agents Who Botched Handling of Nassar Probe

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is reviewing its previous decision not to prosecute former FBI agents who mishandled the investigation into sexual abuse allegations against disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. 

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco made the announcement Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said Kenneth Polite, the head of the DOJ’s criminal division, “is currently reviewing this matter, including new information that has come to light,” The New York Times reports.

The review comes nearly three months after the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in a searing 119-page report that the FBI mishandled the investigation.

Horowitz also found that W. Jay Abbot, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, lied to investigators about the botched investigation and his personal conflicts in the case. 

Abbott retired in January 2018, and Agent Michael Langeman was fired for his role in the investigation. 

“I want the survivors to understand how exceptionally seriously we take this issue and believe that this deserves a thorough and full review,”  Monaco said at the hearing.

FBI Raids NYPD’s Union And Home of Its Leader, Who Resigned Hours Later

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday raided the offices of a New York City police union and the home of its leader, who resigned later in the day. 

Agents executed search warrants at the headquarters of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) and the Port Washington home of Ed Mullins, who headed the union since 2002, NBC News reports.

The union’s executive board said in a letter to SBA members that it had requested Mullins’ resignation and he accepted. 

“The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined,” the board wrote. “However, it is clear that President Mullins is apparently the target of the federal investigation. We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter.”

Details of the investigation weren’t clear. 

FBI spokeswoman Adrienne Senatore only said that agents “were conducting a law enforcement operation pursuant to an ongoing investigation” at the union’s offices and Mullins home. 

The public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York assisted in the raid.