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


DiSabato said he had forwarded Jordan a screenshot of a message he saw from former Ohio State football player Matt Finkes - whom he identified as Jordan's cousin.

The Columbus Dispatch interviewed Jordan this spring.

Jordan has very recently been accused of having knowledge of accusations that the Ohio State wrestling team doctor was sexually abusing wrestlers. "I believe him 100 percent", said Trump.

Jordan's spokesman repeated the denial Tuesday.

Baier continued to grill Jordan on what he knew about alleged abuse, and the congressman maintained there was a difference between locker room conversations and actual reported abuse - denying he had heard either.

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One of the ex-wrestlers told NBC he had told Jordan about the abuse, and Jordan did nothing.

"Dr Strauss was one of those that took a lot of showers and soaped himself a lot", DiSabato said. "I believe [Jordan]", Trump said. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on".

But DiSabato said he and other former athletes at the university were motivated to come forward by the recent conviction of former Olympics gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, who was on the faculty and medical staff and published a variety of research.

"I don't know why he's taking shots at me", DiSabato said of Finkes, other than the fact that Jim Jordan and his brother, Jeff, who is also a well-known wrestling coach, "are in the middle of a firestorm that we did not create".

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In addition to stating that he had no knowledge of any reports of abuse during his time as a coach, Jordan has, as noted, said that he's never been contacted about these charges. Jordan, who was the assistant coach from 1986 to 1994, may have covered up the incidents, according to the reports. He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved.

The law firm Perkins Coie was hired by Porter Wright to conduct an independent investigation into Strauss's behavior. More than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed.

Capitol Police are reviewing the emails sent to Jordan.

DiSabato said the goal 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. "It's interesting that the timing is what it is, in light of things that are going on in Washington".

"And look, if there are people who are abused, then that's awful and we want justice to happen", he added in his remarks to Politico.

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Jordan - a conservative House Freedom Caucus cofounder from Champaign County whose name has been mentioned as a possible successor to House Speaker Paul Ryan - met with reporters after a Fourth of July appearance in Fremont to deny the claims first reported by NBC.