Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

President Donald Trump on Thursday backed conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, who is being accused of knowingly overlooking the sexual abuse of wrestlers he coached at Ohio State University.

"I don't believe them at all".

Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman from OH who is a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, was the assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994.

"What happened drove me out of the sport", the former athlete, John Dailey, told NBC News.

Another former wrestler, Dunyasha Yetts, said he and others had explicitly told Jordan about Strauss' behavior, according to the report. 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. "I believe him 100 percent". It's not the story of Michigan State University and Larry Nassar but that of Ohio State-and the allegations are touching a "powerful" Republican congressman.

A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " weird, 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.

A team doctor who allegedly molested athletes; coaches who reportedly knew but turned a blind eye.

Trump said on Air Force One on his way to a rally in Montana on Thursday that he had no doubt Jordan was telling the truth.

Kathleen Trafford, of Porter Wright in Columbus, said earlier this week that an investigative legal team looking into the allegations against Strauss had contacted Jordan's office by phone and email requesting an interview. 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.

Jordan said he hasn't personally spoken with DiSabato since late March or April.

"If there is any type of abuse of these folks, we want them to get justice, but it's interesting that the timing is what it is in light of things that are going on in Washington", Jordan said. "So for him to say he was being bullied by Mike DiSabato is somewhat laughable".

Coleman, who roomed with Jordan during team trips and says he considers the lawmaker a friend, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that unless Jordan has "dementia", he knew about the allegations surrounding Dr. Richard Strauss.

Dailey said it was "hurtful" Jordan is denying any knowledge of the alleged abuse. "I don't know how he could have forgotten because this was traumatic for all the athletes".

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