Monday, 12 November, 2018

Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

Jim Jordan R-Ohio on Capitol Hill Jim Jordan R-Ohio on Capitol Hill
Lisa Bryan | 07 July, 2018, 03:20

"I believe him", Trump said of the allegations that Jordan had knowledge of the abuse claims against the doctor.

Another ex-wrestler who requested anonymity described the culture around the Buckeyes locker room to NBC.

The allegations come at a critical time for Jordan, whom conservative outside groups have endorsed as a possible replacement for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is not running for reelection.

The Columbus Dispatch interviewed Jordan this spring.

Both men, who wrestled for the school in the early "90s, have blamed Jordan for allegedly taking part in a cover-up scheme to hide Strauss" alleged sexual abuse.

"What bothers me the most, is the guys that are saying this, I know they know the truth", Jordan said.

Jordan's spokesman repeated the denial Tuesday.


Jordan has denied any knowledge, telling Politico, "I never knew about any type of abuse".

Former wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he went straight to Jordan after Strauss began to remove his wrestling shorts when he sought help for a thumb injury. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on". DiSabato, 50, said he was moved to tell Ohio State of Strauss' actions after hearing accounts a year ago of gymnasts sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss. He said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson spoke with Strauss, who the New York Times reports committed suicide in 2005.

Kathleen Trafford, a spokeswoman for Porter Wright, tried calling Jordan's office on June 12 but Fury said "we have no record of a call". Never heard of abuse. Jordan, who was the assistant coach from 1986 to 1994, may have covered up the incidents, according to the reports.

Jordan has said he only learned about the abuse allegations this spring, when former students began speaking out. More than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed.

Jordan's office also said that it had not been contacted by investigators from the university looking into the accusations. "Like we said in the statement, we've not been reached out to for an interview". He added that it's interesting timing "in light of things that are going on in Washington".

As ThinkProgress previously noted, Jordan has always been thought to be a top contender to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan, once Ryan steps down in November, and enjoys the full support of several high-profile members of Congress, as well as the president himself. He has taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee.

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