Americans have heard plenty from Ohio congressman Jim Jordan during the impeachment inquiry. The congressman has displayed such a pit-bull like demeanor in defense of Trump that the GOP moved him to the House Intelligence committee.
Jordan’s last year, however, doesn’t come without controversy. He has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse at Ohio State University while he was a wrestling coach there. After new allegations were made this week, Jordan continued to deny them.
The sexual assault claims concern Dr. Richard Strauss who served as the team doctor during Jordan’s tenure at the University. Both a wrestler and a referee have now said that the congressman was told about the assaults, but did nothing to stop them.
Last week, the referee, who hasn’t been named, said, “I wish Jim, and Russ (Hellickson, another coach), too, would stand up and do the right thing and admit they knew what Strauss was doing, because everybody knew what he was doing to the wrestlers.”
Jordan struck back at the accusations when asked about them this week. “I’ve stood up against the Speaker of the House from own party in my own state,” he said. “’I’ve stood up against the IRS, stood up against the FBI, stood up against Adam Schiff, fought the Justice Department when the whole Trump-Russia thing — what they had done. … The idea I’m not going to defend our athletes when I think they’re being harmed is ridiculous.”
The Ohio congressman continued, “This is just, this is someone making a false statement.”
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