Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a former standout college wrestler at the University of Wisconsin and later a coach at Ohio State, knew when he was at the university that the doctor was groping male wrestlers, said ex-wrestlers Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts.

"I don't believe them at all", Trump said to the press pool on the plane.

According to a source within Jordan's office, the congressman planned to contact police over repeated emails from DiSabato, which he reportedly said constitute "bullying".

Jordan has denied that he knew about allegations of abuse by Strauss, who joined Ohio State's clinical faculty in 1978 and served as a team physician in the athletics department from 1981 to 1995 before retiring in 1998.

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday, "I believe Jim 100 percent". Jordan's rep countered this, demanding "that they send us the supposed communication" and noting Jordan remains "willing to assist".

This came as a fourth former Ohio State University wrestler, Shawn Dailey, came forward and said he'd been abused.

Another law firm representing the university in the matter has said investigators tried unsuccessfully to contact Jordan's office by phone and email to seek an interview with him.

DiSabato told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday that not only was Jordan aware of the alleged abuse, but that he witnessed inappropriate behavior from Strauss in the team shower.

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"It's not true. I never knew about any type of abuse", Jordan told Politico.

The politicization of the budding maybe-scandal was inevitable, and some right-wing gabbers leapt to the unsupported theory of a Deep State conspiracy to clip Jordan's wings right away. Additionally, Jordan is being prompted by many colleagues to challenge Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in the upcoming race to succeed Paul Ryan as Speaker, which will be voted on when the new GOP Caucus meets for the first time after the midterm elections.

Fury said Jordan's office was unable to locate any messages from Trafford. "The accusations that have been made by these couple of people who I don't know are...not consistent with the Jim Jordan I've come to know and admire and certainly not consistent what Jim espouses every day when nobody's looking", Meadows said, speaking with the Washington Examiner. If he had seen abuse at the time, "I would have done something about it", the Ohio Republican said in an interview this week. "I believe him", Trump told reporters on his way to Montana, referring to the victims of sexual abuse and Jordan.

"I participated with [Jordan] and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful".

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