Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie is showing his support for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), amid allegations of sexual abuse within the Ohio State University wrestling program while Jordan was a coach. He served as the assistant wrestling coach from 1987-1995. "He could have told the truth and stood with us, or he could have played politics". 'And look, if there are people who are abused, then that's bad and we want justice to happen'.
Former wrestler Mike DiSabato has said that Jordan is "absolutely lying" when he says he did not know about the allegations.
"If it is determined that Rep. Jordan is lying to cover up his failure to protect student wrestlers under his supervision from sexual abuses, the House must hold Rep. Jordan accountable for his lies".
His office denied Tuesday to DailyMail.com that he witnessed or had knowledge of the allegations during his tenure. "No one ever reported any abuse to me", he insisted. "The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter", a spokesman for Ryan said in a statement. "My heart goes out to anyone who was abused in any way", he said. "Jim-Jordan-7-9-18-p.pdf">ethics investigation into the congressman.
Conservative pundit Brent Bozell channeled the feelings of others on the right when he suggested the allegations were part of a conspiracy to stop Jordan's ascent. He has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Speaker Paul Ryan and is a close ally of President Donald Trump.
They claim it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware.
Several former wrestlers have said in recent days that Jordan had to have known of the abuse, based on numerous group conversations at the time. "And for - I know what - I know they know what they're saying is not accurate".
Jordan also claimed without offering evidence that the allegations that he turned a blind eye to the abuse were linked to his aggressive questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month.
"Then I just pulled up my trousers, and I can't believe this just happened", Garrett said.
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"One of these individuals, David Range, who was a wrestler at Ohio State University in the 1980s, told the WaPo that, "[Jim] Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening - yes, most definitely. I believe Jim Jordan 100%. I was not having it.
Among the former athletes they have talked to is George Pardos, who wrestled from 1988 to 1993. "Everybody joked about it and talked about it all the time".
'So it's sad for me to hear that he's denying knowing about Strauss, ' he said. 'I don't know why he would, unless it's a cover-up.
Meanwhile, Jordan maintains that he never heard anything of the like in the locker rooms. He lost a licensing agreement with Ohio State.
"I think the timing is suspect", Jordan said.
When the first stories about the investigation appeared this spring, Jordan told The Columbus Dispatch, 'I had not heard about any type of abuse at all'.
Yetts was convicted of fraud over an investment scheme, and DiSabato has been involved in legal disputes with the university over business matters, but they said none of that has any bearing on their allegations or their credibility. And then two more people came out accusing Jim Jordan and then a deafening silence from the House Freedom Caucus. He was a four-time state wrestling champion.
Strauss died in 2005.