Senators ask FBI to investigate Scott Blackmun for lying to panel

Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) made the referral Friday.

At issue is Blackmun's refuted claim that he discussed the case with USOC staff after receiving word of Nassar's potential crimes from the USA Gymnastics president at the time, Steve Penny.

A report from the Ropes & Gray law firm released earlier this week concluded that nobody on the USOC staff could corroborate Blackmun's account of a meeting. Blackmun had told the investigators there had been a meeting, but later changed his story upon hearing there was no corroboration.

Ropes & Gray concluded that there was a 14-month gap between Blackmun's initial contact with Penny and the time Nassar's crimes became public, which gave Nassar the opportunity to molest more young women.