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. "No question in my mind", Trump said.
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.
The report, by NBC News, said that three former wrestlers said it was commonly known that Dr. Strauss showered with students and touched them inappropriately during appointments, and that Mr. Jordan, an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994, must have known about the abuse.
Earlier in the week, NBC first reported that former wrestlers said Jordan knew of alleged abuse by Strauss.
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Jordan, whose name has been floated as a possible successor to retiring House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, has said since Ohio State announced in April that it was investigating former team doctor Richard Strauss that he was previously unaware of the molestation allegations.
Mike DiSabato, who says he was one of Strauss's victims, insisted on CNN Wednesday that he told Jordan about the abuse while he was at OSU.
Asked whether he had been in contact with Jordan before going public, DiSabato claimed that he had exchanged messages with the conservative lawmaker "didn't deny what was happening, and he said he wanted to be left out of it". Strauss died in 2005. "We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan. "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.
"Jim Jordan is a world-caliber athlete who is very aggressive in his actions. he's a bulldog, let's be honest", DiSabato said.
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Jordan's spokesman said the Republican congressman is now working with investigators to set up a meeting.
"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss".
High-profile Republican congressman accused of ignoring allegations while coaching wrestling at the university; correspondent Ellison Barber reports on what both sides are saying. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down". Jordan said, according to a tweet from Fox News reporter Chad Pergram. "Jim Jordan has an obligation to cooperate fully with that investigation".
"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.
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