The U.S. House speaker's office is calling "serious" statements by two former Ohio State wrestlers that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan hasn't been truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes. I've talked to other coaches, and they didn't know of any abuse. No one ever reported any abuse to me.
A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse.
A fourth former wrestler from Ohio State University is accusing Republican Rep.
The NBC report said former wrestler Mike DiSabato told the network that before going to the university with the molestation charges, he reached out to Jordan, who told him to "Please leave me out of it".
Jordan attended a July 4 Tea Party rally Wednesday in Fremont, Ohio where he confronted the accusations and continued to deny that he was aware of the alleged abuse in Columbus.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday, "I believe Jim 100 percent".
The wrestler, Shawn Dailey, said he was groped half a dozen times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s, when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach.
Jordan, a former collegiate wrestling star, was an Ohio State assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994.
He added, "We not only stand by him, but believe him to be a man of character and honor, and Congress would be well served to have more Jim Jordans serving on Capitol Hill". "It's just not accurate to say those things, that we knew of it and didn't report it".
Dailey identified himself as a "close friend" of Jordan, and once contributed to his campaign. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent.
Doug Andres says the university has "rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter" and the speaker will "await the findings of that inquiry". He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved. Jordan's office initially said it had not been contacted by investigators.
Baier pushed Jordan about other accusers such as national champion and UFC champion Mark Coleman who said he's a big fan of Jordan but that the congressman has not been truthful. He recalled an incident where Strauss - whose locker was next to Jordan's - had dressed after a shower to leave the building, but then disrobed and went back in for another one after noticing a favorite athlete entering the shower room.
In separate comments to CNN, Jordan appeared to suggest the allegations may be part of a larger scheme to ruin his career.
"But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful".