Senators want to investigate USOC and USA Gymnastics

WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- Senators want to compel U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics leadership to answer questions about Dr. Larry Nassar in a public setting.

Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators announced they are asking for a new special committee to be formed.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said the committee will be, “...entirely focused on investigating how this abuse was allowed to go on for so long, and why leaders of the USOC and USA Gymnastics failed to protect these young women.”

Ernst is partnering with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) as the lead sponsors of the resolution to form the new committee.

Shaheen said, "The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics need to be held accountable.”

In a statement, USA Gymnastics responded, “USA Gymnastics supports an independent investigation that may shine light on how abuse of the proportion described so courageously by the survivors of Larry Nassar could have gone undetected for so long and embraces any necessary and appropriate changes.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee has not commented on the call for a senate investigation.

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