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Support for investigation of US Olympic Committee grows

FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Defense attorney Matthew Newberg, left, signs court documents after Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Larry Nassar, right, at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. After #MeToo erupted from sexual assault and harassment claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, former sports doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assault sentencing this year became its own powerful forum for speaking out. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Republicans and 12 Democratic lawmakers have signed onto legislation to establish a special committee to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics handling of sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., says she's hopeful Senate leaders will back the effort once the chamber has dealt with an array of critical issues, namely keeping the federal government running. But she has not yet received a commitment.

Nassar molested girls, including many gymnasts, who sought treatment for injuries. He is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, says Nassar's conviction doesn't end the matter. She says lawmakers want to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn't remove Nassar when abuse allegations were reportedly first brought to their attention.

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