Trump defends Jim Jordan amid allegations of sex abuse on wrestling team


Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questions FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2018.

"I considered Jim Jordan a friend", Mike DiSabato, one of Strauss's accusers, told NBC.

President Donald Trump backed Jordan in remarks given at Air Force One Thursday, stating he felt the claims against Jordan were false.

Jordan, speaking to reporters at a July Fourth rally in Fremont, repeatedly denied claims by ex-wrestlers Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts, who say the powerful Republican congressman from OH knew back then that Richard Strauss was groping male athletes.

Two former wrestlers at Ohio State University say a congressman isn't being truthful when he says he wasn't aware of allegations that a team doctor was abusing athletes.

Jordan's spokesman also released two statements from former Ohio State head coach Russ Hellickson and former champion Lee Kemp defending Jordan, according to NBC News.

Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, said the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State.

Dailey told NBC that he's a Republican and donated to Jordan's first congressional campaign in 1994.

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Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman issued a statement Tuesday in response to news reports that 1990s wrestling students Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts say Jordan knew at the time that doctor Richard Strauss was groping male wrestlers.

"The investigative team is continuing its efforts to schedule an interview with Rep. Jordan, as well as other individuals with potential knowledge relating to the allegations", Trafford said.

DiSabato said the objective of the video was to provide university officials with firsthand accounts of the alleged abuse, and not just the versions of victims' testimonies that would be relayed by investigators with Perkins Coie, the law firm.

Since Ohio State launch its own investigation into the abuse allegations, student-athletes from 14 sports have come forward with similar sexual misconduct accusations against Strauss plus patients from Strauss' private medical practice he ran in Columbus in the 90s. "But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful".

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

Strauss died in 2005, and his death was ruled a suicide. The congressman said his office has no record of such outreach and he is willing to talk with investigators but had nothing scheduled as of Wednesday.

They also said that Jim Jordan one time said that if the doctor tried anything like that with him, he'd kill him and yet, here Jim Jordan is today, after helping allegedly to cover up this molestation for years, serving as one of the most powerful members in Congress, helping to attempt to derail the Robert Muller investigation and now this man just found himself in a whole heap of legal trouble that most likely is going to end his political career, hopefully before the midterms hit and here's why.

The U.S. House speaker's office on Tuesday called the allegations against Jordan "serious".