Rep. Jordan Denies Ignoring Sexual Abuse As Wrestling Coach: ‘I Never Knew’

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions witnesses as the House Select Committee on Benghazi holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob kill... Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions witnesses as the House Select Committee on Benghazi holds its first public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is adamantly denying allegations that he knew—and intentionally overlooked—that the doctor for Ohio State’s wrestling team was sexually abusing students when Jordan served as the team’s assistant coach from 1986 to 1994.

“It’s not true,” Jordan told Politico in a Tuesday night interview. “I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it. And look, if there are people who are abused, then that’s terrible and we want justice to happen.”

Three former Ohio State wrestlers went public in a lengthy NBC News exposé, describing rampant physical molestation by Dr. Richard Strauss. The accusers said that Jordan and other university officials knew that Strauss showered with the students and inappropriately touched them during examinations.

Dunyasha Yetts, one of the former wrestlers, told NBC he directly spoke to Jordan about an incident where Strauss pulled his pants down.

Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus who hopes to become speaker or minority leader, told Politico that he’s not worried that the scandal could affect his political future.

“We’ve got the truth on our side,” he said.

Ohio State is investigating the allegations against Strauss, who died in 2015. A law firm conducting that probe told the Washington Post that Jordan did not respond to emails or calls seeking an interview with him. Jordan told Politico his staff had not found records of any such inquiries.

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  1. The next Dennis Hastert, folks…

  2. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Guess he’s going to need to be spending more time with his family soon.

  3. Avatar for marby marby says:

    Not looking good for Jordan if there are former students testifying that they told him of the inappropriate behavior. I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather see having to face the music (other than Trump, Manafort, Jared, Pence, Ryan, the NRA . . . . . )

  4. I hope there is some sort of public testimony in the investigation of Jordan’s negligence.

  5. Funny thing is, this might have slipped under the radar if he hadn’t just been such a rampant jackass to Rosenstein the other day. Advice to other GOP monsters: if you have something to hide, don’t draw attention to yourself!

    On second thought, forget the advice… rant away!

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