Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

The Dispatch reports the team doctor Dr. Richard Strauss is the one accused of abusing student athletes while Jordan allegedly knew of the abuse but did not report it. "It boggles my mind that he would take the position that he's taken".

The controversy comes as Jordan, an influential House conservative, is under pressure to mount a campaign to replace House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who is not running for reelection. An investigative legal team looking into the allegations against Strauss previously contacted Jordan's office by phone and email requesting he participate in an interview, but Jordan did not respond, said Kathleen Trafford of Porter Wright in Columbus.

At a July Fourth rally in Fremont on Wednesday, Jordan again said he never knew of sexual abuse by Strauss.

"If I did, I would have done something about it", Jordan said.

Jordan, a former collegiate wrestling star, was an Ohio State assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994.

Jordan's spokesman said he would assist investigators in any way he could.

Just after another former Ohio State wrestler came forward to say that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was aware of sexual assault allegations against the team's former doctor, President Donald Trump said he didn't believe the accusers and instead believed Jordan. "I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington".

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Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts both wrestled at the university in the 1990s. Wrestlers have said Strauss routinely showered with students and touched them inappropriately during exams. I believe Jim Jordan 100%.

"He knew, did know, and it's very disappointing that he has now denied knowledge, not once, but twice", DiSabato said, according to the Dayton Daily News.

"I never knew of any abuse from Dr. Strauss, plain and simple", said Jordan, adding that the timing of the accusations "makes you wonder". However, the law firm representing Ohio State contradicted that statement in a statement of its own, so it's not clear that Jordan is being entirely forthcoming about anything at this point.

All of this brings up obvious comparisons to two other scandals that have embroiled Big Ten athletic programs in recent years. He is serving three prison sentences that likely will keep him locked up for life.

"But there's no truth to the fact that I knew of any abuse". Ohio State has an obligation to get to the bottom of this with a thorough and fair investigation.

A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " freaky, seemingly unhinged", told ABC News the lawmaker received the emails on his personal account and they were turned over by his staff to Capitol Police for their expert assessment. Quite obviously, these allegations could have an impact on his ability to mount a challenge to McCarthy as well as his career in Congress depending on which direction they head.

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