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President Donald Trump on Thursday backed conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, who is being accused of knowingly overlooking the sexual abuse of wrestlers he coached at Ohio State University.

Jordan has repeatedly denied the allegations this week.

Former student athlete Shawn Daily told NBC Thursday he was groped a number of times by Dr. Richard Strauss while he was at Ohio State during the mid-90s.

Strauss died in 2005, but in April the university announced it was opening an investigation into accusations he abused members of the wrestling team.

Jordan, who served in the OH state legislature, was elected to the House in 2006 and has played a role in virtually every debate pitting conservative insurgents against House GOP leaders.

Their statements came after Jordan told The Columbus Dispatch this spring that he "had not heard about any type of abuse at all". At the time, Jordan said he knew nothing about the alleged abuse by Strauss.

Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan, said in a statement Tuesday that "these are serious allegations and issues".

"Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State", spokesman Ian Fury told Fox News.

Former wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he went straight to Jordan after Strauss began to remove his wrestling shorts when he sought help for a thumb injury.

"I think Jim is in a position where he doesn't know what to say now", said DiSabato, blaming Jordan's stance on "terrible advice" from political advisers.

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DiSabato told CNN that Strauss would go out of his way to take multiple showers with athletes every day in different venues around Ohio State.

Jordan has denied the allegations and said if he knew about abuse, he would have reported it.

"He'd even make comments, 'This guy better not touch me, '" Yetts said.

Jordan denies knowing anything about the abuse, telling reporters in OH earlier this week, "We knew of no abuse, never heard of abuse". "Jim also never took shortcuts or ducked challenges", Kemp said. Yetts said he reported what happened to Hellickson and Jordan. The school has urged anyone with information about Strauss to contact the independent investigators from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.

A fourth former college wrestler is claiming Rep.

Jordan continues to contend that he was unaware of the matter and that had he been aware, he would have addressed it, according to his Tuesday interview with Politico.

The university said its investigation includes "outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents".

He called the timing of the wrestlers' allegations about him "interesting". If, in fact, there's problems, we want justice for the people who were victims, obviously, and as I said, we are happy to talk with the folks who are doing the investigation.

Jordan is the powerful Republican founder of the House Freedom Caucus and dark horse candidate for speaker. He's taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee.