Powerful Republican Pulled Into Ohio State Molestation Scandal

Larry Hoffman
July 6, 2018

"I believe him 100 percent", Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One. Jordan told Fox that the requests never reached him, calling claims he failed to reply "ridiculous". "No question in my mind", Trump said. A senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he chaired the Republican Study Committee in 2011 and 2012 and helped found the conservative House Freedom Caucus in 2015. "Dailey spoke out two days after NBC News reported that three former wrestlers who were coached by Jordan more than two decades ago accused the GOP congressman of turning a blind eye to Strauss' alleged abuse and then lying about it. Jordan denied knowing anything about the abuse and continues to do so". "I am not a flawless person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", he said.

Mike DiSabato, who says he was one of Strauss's victims, insisted on CNN Wednesday that he told Jordan about the abuse while he was at OSU.

Jordan rebuked the allegations this week in an interview with Politico, saying he "never knew about any type of abuse".

Both men, who wrestled for the school in the early "90s, have blamed Jordan for allegedly taking part in a cover-up scheme to hide Strauss" alleged sexual abuse.

Capitol Police are reviewing the emails sent to Jordan. "We all did", Dailey told NBC News.

"I considered Jim Jordan a friend", DiSabato said.

The email refers to Jordan as "Reverend James - the "squeaky clean" US Congressman from Urbana, who does not recall systemic sex abuse and has never heard agent orange tell a lie and wants to be speaker of the house despite his apparent lack of knowledge of the systemic sex abuse...."

Jordan has said he only learned about the abuse allegations this spring, when former students began speaking out.

"For God's sake, Strauss's locker was right next to Jordan's and Jordan even said he'd kill him if he tried anything with him", one wrestler said.

Fury said Jordan was willing to cooperate with the investigation but had not been contacted about an interview, a point disputed by the law firm appointed by the Ohio attorney general's office to represent Ohio State in the matter.

"Jim Jordan is a world-caliber athlete who is very aggressive in his actions. he's a bulldog, let's be honest", DiSabato said.

This came as a fourth former Ohio State University wrestler, Shawn Dailey, came forward and said he'd been abused.

"I participated with [Jordan] and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. Jim Jordan has an obligation to cooperate fully with that investigation".

"But to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful", Dailey said.

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