Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Trump Defends Jim Jordan Over Ohio State Abuse Allegations

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes Rep. Jim Jordan denies allegations he ignored sexual abuse of Ohio State wrestlers
Jay Anderson | 07 July, 2018, 03:18

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not believe allegations by several former wrestlers at Ohio State University coached by Republican Representative Jim Jordan that he was aware the team doctor was molesting them. "I am not a ideal person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", he said.

This seemed to me as much as an admission since the kind of "everybody knew" locker room talk is exactly what Jordan's accusers say happened. "No question in my mind", Trump said.

It began with accusations by three former wrestlers coached by Jordan and a firm denial by the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus and perhaps-aspiring Speaker of the House.

Michael DiSabato has accused the Ohio Republican, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Wisconsin and a former Ohio State assistant coach, of turning a blind eye to allegations against Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.

Shawn Dailey told NBC News today that Strauss groped him half a dozen times during the mid-1990s.

Towards the end of the interview, Baier asked about Jordan pointing out that the law firm hired by Ohio State to conduct the investigation into alleged abuse also worked for the Clinton campaign.




The conservative firebrand, who has repeatedly denied that he ever knew about the alleged abuse, told reporters Wednesday he was asking the Capitol Police to look into what he called "strange" harassing emails his office received from DiSabato as recently as 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. "I believe him 100 percent".

Kathleen Trafford, a spokeswoman for Porter Wright, tried calling Jordan's office on June 12 but Fury said "we have no record of a call".

"This is false", Jordan said. His staff is now alleging that Jordan's original accuser, Michael DiSabato, sent threatening emails to the congressman before and after the story broke. In a video shared with NBC, former head wrestling coach Russ Hellickson said he confronted Strauss and told school officials. "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.

CNN confronted Jordan himself on this Fourth of July. "We all did", Dailey told NBC News.

Dailey told NBC News, "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", and that Jordan was present when this was discussed. "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".

Dailey said it was "hurtful" Jordan is denying any knowledge of the alleged abuse.

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