Trump Backs Rep. Jordan's Denial of Abuse Knowledge

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

President Donald Trump is coming to Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's defense after the lawmaker was accused this week of turning a blind eye to widespread sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University. "If I had been, I would have dealt with it". No question in my mind.

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.

An aide for Jordan told the Journal that former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato, who has led the effort to expose Strauss' sexual abuse and who brought up Jordan as having knowledge, has sent Jordan threatening texts and emails over the situation.

Since Ohio State launch its own investigation into the abuse allegations, student-athletes from 14 sports have come forward with similar sexual misconduct accusations against Strauss plus patients from Strauss' private medical practice he ran in Columbus in the 90s.

"It's absolutely untrue the things that have been said about me". The congressman said he does remember Dr. Strauss, but echoed his spokesman by insisting he knew nothing of the alleged abuse.

Three wrestlers came forward two days ago, telling NBC News that they were coached by Jordan and that they either told him or that he knew of it. "Jim Jordan has an obligation to cooperate fully with that investigation". "We knew of no abuse".

A spokesman for Jordan declined to say when he will sit down with investigators.

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DiSabato says it was a running joke that no matter what ailment a person asked Strauss to look at, the doctor would always examine his genitals.

An investigative team from Seattle-based Perkins Coie (coo-ey) emailed Jordan directly - but inaccurately - in May.

The former wrestler claims that Jordan told him to "please leave me out of it" when he told the congressman he planned to go public with the accusations earlier this year.

Dailey identified himself as a "close friend" of Jordan, and once contributed to his campaign. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn't so. Jordan was among the people Yetts told about groping the first time in happened in 1992, Yetts told The Associated Press Tuesday. "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.

DiSabato told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday that not only was Jordan aware of the alleged abuse, but that he witnessed inappropriate behavior from Strauss in the team shower.

Dr. Strauss's inappropriate touching of athletes was open knowledge, he said, and he remembered talking about it with Mr. Jordan on road trips, in the sauna and after practices.

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