Trump says he doesn't believe allegations against Jim Jordan

Posted July 06, 2018

Trump said on Air Force One on his way to a rally in Montana on Thursday that he had no doubt Jordan was telling the truth.

"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", his spokesman, Ian Fury, said in an email to NBC News. "No question in my mind", Trump said.

He is also forcefully denying allegations that he overlooked widespread sexual abuse of wrestlers that occurred decades ago while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, has denied any knowledge of the claims against Strauss, which state that Strauss conducted full-body examinations of athletes for even minor injuries, as well as watched team members shower. For any teacher, protecting kids is the absolute first priority-and I say that as a former kindergarten teacher.

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"I am not a ideal person, but ask any of the wrestlers and they will tell you everybody knew about Doc", Yetts said.

Trump's defense of Jordan comes the same day he formally announced he had hired Bill Shine, who resigned as co-president of Fox News after he was accused of covering up alleged sexual harassment at the media company. Strauss died in 2005, and it was ruled a suicide. "We all did", Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan.

DiSabato told NBC News, "I considered Jim Jordan a friend".

A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse. "So it's sad for me to hear that he's denying knowing about Strauss", Yetts told NBC. "When you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault - and Jim Jordan went on record saying he knew about the facilities, he took showers with us".

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Before meeting with university officials, he said, he had contacted Mr. Jordan, with whom he said he spoke regularly. It's not the story of Michigan State University and Larry Nassar but that of Ohio State-and the allegations are touching a "powerful" Republican congressman.

"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss". He said that Mr. Jordan asked him not to get him involved. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your trousers down". The accusations in this case precede Jordan's time in Congress.

But Jordan disputes reports that he ignored an interview request from a law firm the university has employed to investigate the abuse claims.

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

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