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Michigan AG promises "transparent" investigation of MSU's handling of Nassar affair

Jan 25, 2018

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-MI)
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We should find out next week how Michigan’s attorney general plans to investigate Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar affair.

The former MSU doctor was sentenced this week to a minimum of 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting young women seeking care for sports injuries. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to detail his office’s investigation after Nassar is sentenced next week in Eaton County on similar charges.

“My job will be to find out in a very thorough fashion what the heck happened at MSU,” says Schuette. “Any parent, any citizen in Michigan wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Schuette declined to say if the MSU probe will be similar to the Flint water crisis investigation. The Flint probe has been headed by a special counsel and included outside investigators. The investigation into the Flint water crisis has also led to multiple indictments and has lasted more than two years, with many months still to go.

“It will be a full and complete review,” Schuette would only say, “recommendations including the possibility of criminal charges.”

MSU president Lou Anna Simon resigned Wednesday, amid growing criticism of her and the university’s handling of the Nassar affair.  

University officials have promised to cooperate with the investigation.

The East Lansing school is also facing questions from Michigan state lawmakers, and the NCAA.