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Rep., Jordan, says, claims that he knew of sexual abuse are false
Republican Congressman denies knowledge of alleged sexual abuse, the Ohio State University, the former wrestling team physician is, if he was a Co-Trainer, and says he would have acted, if the claims had been brought, so as not to attract his attention.
Ohio representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, hit back Friday against claims that he ignored sexual abuse while he coached wrestling at the Ohio State University, told Fox News that the allegations are “false.”
You speak with Brett Baier in an exclusive interview on “special report,” said Jordan, the allegations were untrue. “I’ve never seen, never any kind of abuse,” which he maintained is part of, never said that. “We would have dealt with if we knew something happened.”
Male athletes from 14 different sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, the work on the faculty and medical staff, and has published a variety of research. Strauss died in the year 2005, in what was ruled a suicide.
Jordan is the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State between 1986 and 1994. Strauss worked as a team physician from the mid-1970s to the end of the 1990s.
5 former wrestler, claim Jordan knew of the abuse at the Ohio State
Jordan, a remarkable wrestler at the University of Wisconsin, before he knew as a coach at Ohio State, when he was at the University, was Strauss’s groping male Wrestler, said ex-Wrestler Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha Yetts. A minimum of five wrestlers, overall, have similar claims.
“I don’t know, you know, what you say is true. And you say it anyway,” said Jordan.
Ohio State has not released details about the claims, but said that more than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed so far. The University urged anyone with information to Strauss please contact the independent investigators from the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.
The law firm claimed, he sent numerous E-Mails to Jordan, but never received a response. Jordan denies receiving the E-Mails and, according to his spokesman, in which they were sent to a nonexistent address.
“Congressman Jordan never seen, the abuse, never heard about a case of abuse, and had never reported any abuse to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” spokesman Ian Fury told Fox News earlier this week.
But DiSabato told Fox News that Jordan’s reaction to his claims was “disappointing.”
“The position he took was breathtaking, said it best,” DiSabato. “He chose to double. Triple-down”.
U.S. Capitol Police review of the E-Mails sent Jordan of DiSabato, some of which date back to March. Sources tell Fox News that Jordan already forwarded E-Mails, Chief of Staff, Kevin Eichinger, and Jordan’s attorney. However, an E-Mail sent by DiSabato at 4:30 PM on Wednesday was “the last straw” and asked Jordan to warn of the Capitol Police.
One of the E-Mails of Fox News, referred to Jordan as “the Reverend James – the “squeaky clean’ U.S. Congressman from Urbana, not remind you of systemic sexual abuse and has never heard of agent orange, tell a lie and the speaker of the house will need in spite of his apparent lack of knowledge about the systemic sex abuse….”
On Friday evening, continued to Jordan to defend himself.
“I know, you know, what you say is not right,” he insisted. “It’s just not right. There has never been abuse reported to me, and if it was, I would have treated.”
One of the founders of the conservative liberty Caucus, Jordan is one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress and a potential candidate for House speaker after Paul Ryan gives way to the bottom of the position.
He has a leading role in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, and push back against the government, the investigation of the Russian interference in the elections of 2016, the last of aggressive interrogations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Committee.
The prominent position of the representative argued, could factor into the recent allegations.
“I think the timing is suspicious, considering how this whole story came together, according to the Rosenstein hear and the speaker’s race,” he said. “But it’s just not right.”
Sometimes visibly upset during the Friday interview, Jordan said he had an emotional week after the marriage of his children, and the death of his nephew in a car accident.
“What has been said about me is completely wrong,” he continued. “We get to the truth. It was an emotional week. To do all kinds of Americans have with the hard things, but this is wrong. It is simply wrong.”
Fox News’ Andrew O’reilly, NuNu Japaridze, Chad Pergram, Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MRichardson713.