Congress finds USOC, FBI failed to protect athletes from Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar walks to the podium with attorneys Matt Newburg, left, and, Shannon Smith during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

WASHINGTON (WTHR) — A new Congressional report reveals multiple organizations including the FBI and the United State Olympic Committee "fundamentally failed" to protect young gymnasts from Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, NBC News reports.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal described the ordeal as a "cover-up in spirit," noting whether it was a criminal offense remains to be seen. Blumenthal leads the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, which led the investigation.

The report found multiple organizations failed to act on or warn others about Nassar for more than 400 days after having credible reports of his abuse.

Senators proposed bipartisan legislation that would improve oversight and prevent future abuse, according to NBC News. It would allow Congress to dissolve USA Gymnastics and USOC boards if necessary.

The legislation would also expose both entities to greater liability if its found abuse is happening within them. Lastly, the law would give athletes more representation on the USOC board.