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Iron Jim Gets What He Wants

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July 12, 2018 5:14 p.m.

As I explained last night, one of Jim Jordan’s most fervent defenders has been compelled to admit that he, the head coach, knew about Dr. Strauss’s sexual abuse and felt compelled to call him on it and bring his concerns to university administrators. Along with the nine other wrestlers who’ve come forward, Russ Hellickson’s admission makes it certain to anyone who is willing to open their eyes that Rep. Jim Jordan is lying about what he knew and heard more than two decades ago. Yet just yesterday, amidst all this evidence, Paul Ryan was compelled to make what amounts to a public and unbreakable statement of confidence in Jordan’s integrity. This came after numerous other members of the House GOP caucus came forward to express Manchurian Candidate-like testimonies about Jordan’s honesty and integrity. To get a sense of the drumbeat that was created to force Ryan to make this kind of fulsome pledge of confidence in Jordan’s integrity, watch this exchange from Wednesday night with Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs.

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