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Archive for August 1st, 2022

FBI Open to Settling Lawsuits by Larry Nassar’s Survivors

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has indicated that it’s open to settling lawsuits over the bureau’s mishandling of an investigation into sexual abuse by disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. 

The bureau’s general counsel contacted attorneys representing the victims to say the FBI was “interested” in reaching a resolution in the lawsuits that are seeking more than $1 billion, the Associated Press reports.

More than 90 victims filed the lawsuit in June. 

Attorneys from both sides of the lawsuit declined to comment. 

An inspector general report in July 2021 found that the FBI failed to properly investigate the allegations. The bureau, for example, waited five weeks to interview one of the victims and failed to notify the FBI’s Lansing office or state law enforcement.

The report also accused W. Jay Abbot, the then-special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, of lying to the inspector general during the internal investigation “to minimize errors” made by his office.

According to the report, Nassar sexually abused at least 70 young athletes between 2015 and August 2016. Nassar is effectively serving a life sentence in prison. 

In May, the Justice Department said it decided it won’t pursue charges against two FBI agents for mishandling the investigation.

Trump’s Homeland Security Watchdog Scratched Plans to Save Secret Service Text Messages

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By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security’s internal watchdog had a chance to try and recover missing Secret Service text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari’s staff learned in February 2021 that the messages had been deleted when the Secret Service switched to a new system and got new devices.  

Cuffari’s office was going to get data specialists to help retrieve the messages, but he suddenly changed his mind. 

The House committee investigating the insurrection has been seeking the messages in hopes of revealing more information about Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021. 

When Cuffari notified the House and Senate Homeland Security committees this month that the text messages had been “erased,” he failed to disclose that “his office first discovered that deletion in December and failed to alert lawmakers or examine the phones,” The Post wrote. 

Cuffari’s spokesman decline to comment on the latest news.